Nov 3 – 5, 2023
Riga, Latvia
Europe/Riga timezone

Scientia potentia est; breaking down barriers to high-performance computing

Nov 5, 2023, 10:00 AM
Lambda – Talks (Radisson Blu Latvija)

Lambda – Talks

Radisson Blu Latvija

Talk (50 Minutes) AI/ML


Billy Olsen
Jaime Freire de Souza
James Beedy
Jason Nucciarone (He/Him)
Software Engineer 1 @ Canonical


Knowledge is power - and it should be accessible to everyone.

With the explosion of Large-Language Models (LLMs), such as ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, compounded by Red Hat's decision to restrict its sources to the RHEL customer portal and the wedge it has driven in into the scientific computing community, it is more important now than ever that we ensure that individuals and organisations continue to have access to high-quality, open source scientific applications and infrastructure on Ubuntu.

In this talk, you will meet the "Not so Ancient Elders" of the Ubuntu project's newest community engineering team - the High-Performance Computing (HPC) team. However, rather than us lecturing you about what we do, you drive the conversation. During the panel we will discuss various initiatives within the Ubuntu HPC community such as:

  • How can Ubuntu be better for scientific computing, research, and HPC cluster operations?
  • What open source projects could we work on together?
  • How can we advocate and promote wider use of Ubuntu both within scientific institutions and industry?
  • What sort of education and/or documentation could we provide to make transition to Ubuntu smoother?
  • How can we make it easier for you to become involved?

Outside of guided questions, we will also discuss current challenges impacting the HPC ecosystem, current work that we are doing on Ubuntu, and what our next steps are. If you are looking to become more involved in open source, or are interested in Open Science, then this a talk that you will not want to miss!

Session author's bio

Jason C. Nucciarone is an HPC software engineer and an open source geek by night. When he is not working at Canonical, he is undertaking initiatives to promote the adoption of open source software for scientific computing. He holds the strong belief that science should be open and accessible to all, and is enthusiastic about showing others how open science can benefit them.

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