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A Look Back at SC13

By Richard Murphy - 2013-12-13

I attended this year’s Supercomputing Conference (SC13) a few weeks ago and have finally had a chance to sift through all the news announcements, technical sessions, and meeting notes to provide you with a few highlights.

Our very own Todd Farrell gave an overview of HMC technology to conference-goers while Micron and Fujitsu announced the integration of our HMC technology into a supercomputer! I think this is a game-changing system design, which will provide flatter, more powerful memory hierarchies for large-scale, high-performance computing (HPC) applications. This is the first public supercomputer design of its kind, and it begins to directly address the memory wall—the holy grail of HPC.

At the Micron booth, we demonstrated an FPGA-based platform for flexibly evaluating the potential of HMC-based systems. This high-performance computing challenge (HPCC) random-access platform initially demonstrated a cube capable of nearly 1 giga-update per second (GUPS), which is over 5X more capable than four DDR3 memory modules! HMC is setting the most challenging memory benchmark in the industry.

I also had the privilege of moderating a panel on the future of memory systems, for exascale and beyond, with a terrific set of panelists: Shekhar Borkar from Intel, Bill Dally from NVIDIA, Andreas Hansson from ARM, Doug Joseph from IBM, Peter Kogge from University of Notre Dame, and Troy Manning from Micron all provided a lively discussion. More than 275 people attended, and it was exciting to see such an interest in memory! Stay tuned for more insights from SC13 from my Micron colleagues…

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Dr. Richard Murphy is a Senior Advanced Memory Systems Architect for Micron’s DRAM Solutions Group and is focused on future memory platforms, including processing-in-memory.

Prior to joining Micron in 2012, Dr. Murphy was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He also worked as a technical staff member at Sun Microsystems and served as the Principal Investigator of several advanced computing R&D efforts, including projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Dr. Murphy’s specialties include research and development of computer architecture, advanced memory systems, and supercomputing systems for physics and data-intensive problems. He has led several large multidisciplinary teams in the successful creation of new technologies.  He also cofounded the Graph 500 benchmark and currently chairs its executive committee. 

Dr. Murphy is Adjunct Faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at the Georgia Institute of Technology and New Mexico State University. He is the author of over two dozen papers and two patents. He holds a PhD in computer science and engineering, as well as an MS, BS, and BA from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Murphy is a Senior Member of the IEEE.