Guten Tag on my last day at ISC in Leipzig.
My panel on Memory System Design took place Thursday morning. My three panelists—Dr. Jae Jeong from Samsung, Todd Farrell from Micron, and Roger Pearce from Lawrence Livermore National Labs—each presented their views on opportunities in the design of memory systems. Given that we were the first session on the morning of the last day, I was pleased with the attendance. While it may seem to us that Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) has reached the critical tipping point for success, it's clear that this audience is hungry for production systems using the technology. The HMC team is as aware of this as anyone, and used ISC as an opportunity to cement the role of HMC as the solution of choice, and to engage all interested parties in the nitty-gritty discussions on specific implementation details. Todd did a great job dispelling some myths about HMC, and from the post-presentation questions it was clear that his points found a receptive audience. Dr. Jeong and Roger also built strong cases for the integration of NAND in HPC systems - and not just as storage!
ISC2013 has now wound down for another year. Today the current temperature In Leipzig stands at a steamy 97°, and it seems the humidity is about the same! The attendees are leaving, inspired to plot new paths to higher performance systems. The importance of memory is understood as the quest for exascale systems before the end of the decade catches us. On the current path we're not going to make it, but everyone agrees that it's time to step off the well worn evolutionary path and bring in the technologies like HMC and NAND to get the computational job done.
Until next time - Auf Wiedersehn!