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All supercomputers on the coveted Top500 list run on Linux, a scalable operating system that has matured over the years to run some of the most critical workloads and in many cases has displaced proprietary operating systems in the process. For the past two decades, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has served as the foundation for building software stacks for many supercomputers. We are looking to continue this trend with the next generation of systems that seek to break the exascale threshold.

SC18, a leading supercomputing conference, begins today. Red Hat hopes to hold conversations and share our insights on new supercomputers, including Summit and Sierra, nascent architectures, like Arm, and building more open computing environments that can further negate the need for proprietary and monolithic implementations. The updated Top500 list is an excellent example of how open technologies continue to proliferate in high performance computing (HPC) and highlights how the ongoing software optimization work performed on these systems can benefit their performance.

If you are attending SC18, we encourage you to stop by booth #3238 to see how Red Hat is accelerating the ongoing transition of HPC to the enterprise mainstream. At our booth, you will be able to discover inventive solutions and demonstrations, gain deeper understanding into the underlying technologies and get first hand insight into how Red Hat fuels innovation on an ongoing basis. Our expert will be there to speak with you about:

  • Proven HPC infrastructure

Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides the foundation for many HPC software stacks and is available across multiple hardware architectures. It is at the core of Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, both of which are part of many HPC environments.

There is a lot more to building supercomputer’s software ecosystem than the operating system. Learn about Red Hat’s infrastructure portfolio for science and research.

  • Persistent scale-out storage

Just like the compute nodes have moved away from using proprietary designs, the storage infrastructure has gone through its own transition to a more scalable cost-efficient software-defined file, block and object storage that is independent of hardware. Red Hat delivers open source Ceph and Gluster technologies in their storage portfolio.

  • Emerging HPC technologies

Learn how Red Hat is enabling new hardware architectures, supporting various acceleration technologies and network interconnects, and helping to drive open innovation and standardization in high-performance computing via collaborative community efforts like the OpenHPC Project and industry collaboration that aim at exascale.

  • Performance-sensitive cloud solutions

HPC workloads no longer need to run on bare-metal hardware specifically tailored for this purpose. These workloads can often be deployed in the cloud using software containers that are easier to provision, access, orchestrate and scale as needed, using dedicated container platforms, such as Kubernetes-based Red Hat OpenShift.   

Red Hat advocates for open source technology, but it is not just about the software -- it is about the culture of systemic collaboration using open standards and continuous innovation. No one company can support that alone and that is why Red Hat relies on a wide landscape of partners to deliver tangible business benefits to our joint customers.

We also engage our customers directly to better understand specific needs in the context of their businesses. In the true spirit of open source collaboration in our booth at SC18 we are extending an opportunity to customers, partners as well as Red Haters to share their work with the rest of our ecosystem.

Mark your schedule to attend one of the many mini-theater sessions we will be hosting and please be sure to stay to the end as we will be raffling a prize at the end of each presentation. Here is the at-a-glance schedule:


Presentation Title

Speaker Name

Speaker Title

November 12, 2018


7:30-8:00 p.m.

Defiance of the appliance

Garrett Clark

Storage specialist, Red Hat

November 13, 2018


10:30-11:00 a.m.

Reimagining the storage hierarchy with Intel Optane SSDs

Andrey Kudryavtsev

SSD solution architect, Intel

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

HPC containers: Democratizing HPC

CJ Newburn

HPC principal architect, Nvidia

12:30-1:00 p.m.

IBM and Red Hat collaboration on CORAL HPC solution

Bilge Acun

Research staff member, Data Centric Systems, IBM

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Turning storage challenges into competitive advantage

Terry L. Smith

Senior director, Advanced Solutions Group, Penguin Computing

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Deploying Marvell’s ThunderX2 at scale in the high-performance computing market

Larry Wikelius

Vice president, Software Ecosystem and Solutions Group, Cavium

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Infrastructure for science and research

Kevin Jones

Cloud domain architect, Red Hat

4:30-5:00 p.m.

How networking works in Red Hat OpenShift

Jamie Duncan

Cloud specialist, Red Hat

5:30-6:00 p.m.

In-network computing acceleration for MPI operations

Dr. Gerardo Cisneros-Stoianowski

HPC applications performance engineer, Mellanox

November 14, 2018


10:30-11:00 a.m.

Creating native machine learning containers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Bill Gray

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

DevOps 101

Jason Echols

Storage technical marketing, Micron

12:30 -1:00 p.m.

Performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown on large clusters

Jon Masters

Computer architect, Red Hat

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Maximizing inference throughput on AMD EPYC and Radeon Instinct MI60

Mike Schmit

Director, Software Engineering, Computer Vision, AMD

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Fostering innovation with Arm HPC tools

Patrick Wohlschlegel

Senior product manager, Infrastructure and HPC Tools, ARM

3:30-4:00 p.m.

How storage works in Red Hat OpenShift

Jamie Duncan and Garret Clark

Cloud and storage specialists, Red Hat

4:30-5:00 p.m.

OpenHPC: Community building blocks for HPC

Karl W. Schulz

Research associate professor, The University of Texas at Austin

5:15-5:45 p.m.

The amazing efficiencies of Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization

Garrett Clark

Principal storage specialist, Red Hat


For last minute mini-theater changes, demo updates and additional information please visit

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas, TX!


Yan Fisher is a Global evangelist at Red Hat where he extends his expertise in enterprise computing to emerging areas that Red Hat is exploring. 

Fisher has a deep background in systems design and architecture. He has spent the past 20 years of his career working in the computer and telecommunication industries where he tackled as diverse areas as sales and operations to systems performance and benchmarking. 

Having an eye for innovative approaches, Fisher is closely tracking partners' emerging technology strategies as well as customer perspectives on several nascent topics such as performance-sensitive workloads and accelerators, hardware innovation and alternative architectures, and, exascale and edge computing.  

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