Formally the Baltimore-Washington Beowulf User Group

Looking for Ideas and potential location for future meetings

Some possible topics:

HPC in the Cloud

Latest Developments in GPU, CUDA for HPC

Whats going on in the world of FPGA’sa for HPC

Send us your ideas

Lincoln Tidwell from HP Presentation on High Speed Cost Effective Storage for HPC

DATE : Tuesday September 9th

TIME: 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

LOCATION: WWT 4201 Forbes Blvd, Lanham Maryland 20706




Article by Joab Jackson the Technical Editor of Government Computer News on the event :



Today faster more dense HPC systems require a much faster data I/O storage systems. These systems must be easy to maintain and simple to upgrade. To meet the requirement of the HPC community these storage systems must be highly cost effective. The presentation will focus on these problems and the practical solutions for meeting these challenges.   

StorageWorks Enterprise NAS division’s Enterprise File Services, provides superior performance, linear scalability and mission critical availability over all other clustered files system solutions making it perfect for the HPC market.  With demonstrable performance of over 3 GB’s per second in a 16 node cluster, the NAS solution has differentiated itself as a market leader.  Incremental scalability – grow as you need to with capacity and performance independent of each other.  Add storage on the fly as well as performance nodes without interruption.  Drive high storage utilization while providing superior operational efficiency through unified backups. 


Lincoln’s Bio: 

Lincoln is a Federal Solutions Architect for Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise NAS Division. Lincoln has over 8 years of systems engineering and implementation experience and currently provides direction and support for a number of government installations. Lincoln and his family moved to the Columbia, MD in June of 2004.

The BWBUG has evolved into the HPC TECH FORUM


Donald Becker and Mike Fitzmaurice

Donald Becker and Mike Fitzmaurice

The old Baltimore Washington Beowulf Users Group is now the New

HPC TECH FORUM. Under the new structure we will continue to provide some of the top speakers in the HPC community. We will expand the scope of the discussions to include pressing issues that were not problems a few years ago.


Infrastructure – Power and cooling issues


ManagementHPC as a managed service and remote offsite system administration and support


Financial – With Moore’s Law working on all eight cylinders and replacement cycles contracting, is it best to own or lease HPC Systems?


Cost of Operation – What are the challenges that control the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)?


Green HPC Systems – Is it practical to have Green HPC Systems?


Form Factor – Is the “pizza box” server in a “Death Spiral” soon to be replaced with high density blade servers which use less power and run cooler?


Interconnect – Will Infiniband be put on a “life support system” as it is being replaced with low latency 10 Gb

The Meetings will be held at World Wide Technology 4201 Forbes Blvd Lanham, MD 20706

Sep 9, 2008Oct 14, 2008Nov 11, 2008

Speakers and topic TBD





NEXT BWBUG MEETING Jan 8th, Featuring Kevin Kelly from Terascala


We are pleased to announce that Kevin Kelly Terascala  will be our special guest speaker.  January 8, 2008  at Georgetown University from 2:30 to 5:00 PM. Please join us for a very informative talk on low cost very high speed storage for High Performance Computing.

Meeting Location: 3300 Whitehaven Street, Washington DC 20007. (this is NOT at the main Georgetown U campus. This is an off campus building one block from Wisconsin avenue).

If you have suggestions  regarding speakers for the next meeting or meetings in the future please send them to

NetEffect’s Terry Hulett to Present at the next HPC Cluster Users Group & BWBUG meeting May 8th at Georgetown University

2:30-5:00 PM

Meeting Location: 3300 Whitehaven Street, Washington DC 20007. (this is NOT at the main Georgetown U campus. This is an off campus building one block from Wisconsin avenue).

 Dail-In information: 1-888-296-6500  guest code  435 588

Meeting Attendees

Meeting Attendees

NetEffect is addressing the needs of this market with a family of 10 Gbps iWARP Ethernet Channel Adapters that meet the low latency and high data throughput requirements of high performance cluster computing.

NetEffect’s full iWARP Ethernet implementation supports all the node-to-node interconnect performance enhancement and overhead reduction requirements including RDMA, TCP Offload, and OS Bypass

Terry Hulett- Vice President of Architecture and Silicon EngineeringTerry leads NetEffect’s innovation efforts, leveraging more than 23 years of semiconductor design experience. Prior to joining Banderacom and NetEffect, he held key positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Motorola Semiconductor, leading several microprocessor development teams. At AMD, Terry led the development of over 15 chips and built AMD’s first high-volume card-based products. He joined Banderacom in 1999 where he successfully led the Company’s InfiniBand chip development program delivering the first product in 9 months. Terry also previously served as vice president of research and development for Austin-based Si Solutions, Inc. Terry received his BSEE at Oklahoma State University.

Microsoft Presents to BWBUG

Attendess at the April 2007 meeting included Al Toussaint, Bill Silva, Mike Fitzmaurice, and Dick Glassbrook.At the April 2007 meeting, Bill Silva of Microsoft presented his company’s HPC offerings. Attendess at the April 2007 meeting included Al Toussaint, Bill Silva, Mike Fitzmaurice, and Dick Glassbrook.

Briefing Invitation – Using Technology to Leverage Scientific Research – April 18

A Technical Briefing for Researchers and Scientists

April 18, 2007

1-5 PM

NIH, Bethesda,  MD

Building 5, Room 127 This educational event will focus on the role that high-performance computing (HPC) systems play in genomic and proteomic discoveries that impact the treatment of disease. Attendees will learn strategies for implementing affordable, balanced HPC platforms that support the unique work flow requirements of life sciences professionals.  Speakers will include:          Stephen Wheat Ph.D., Executive Director, HPC Platform Organization, Intel           Jack Helmly, President, GTSI Financial Services           Doug Brown Ph.D., Genetic Scientist, HP Please arrive at Room 127 at NIH Building 5 by 1:00 pm.