Best Practices for HPC Software Developers Webinar Series
May 4, 2016–Dec 31, 2019

The HPC Best Practices (HPC-BP) webinars address issues faced by developers of computational science and engineering (CSE) software on high-performance computers (HPC).

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Date May 4, 2016–Dec 31, 2019

Location Online

Organizers The IDEAS Productivity Project

Webinars are scheduled on roughly a monthly basis and are available live and then archived for future reference. The event web site provides details about the webinar series, including announcements of upcoming webinars, a mailing list to receive announcements, and archival information for the entire series.

Webinars are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required (individually, for each session).

Next webinar: When 100 Flops/Watt was a Giant Leap: The Apollo Guidance Computer Hardware, Software and Application in Moon Missions

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Presenter: Mark C. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings, this webinar will describe the revolutionary computer, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC). The AGC made autonomous travel to the Moon and back not only possible but added profoundly to crew safety, flight profile accuracy and even optimized propellant use to such an extent that final missions plans traded fuel for added weight in equipment and lunar samples. The webinar will give an overview of the AGC hardware architecture, the guidance software it executed as well as the pioneering efforts in developing both. HPC/CSE code teams will discover many familiar themes such as flops/watt power constraints and performance portability challenges. The webinar will conclude with several user stories about the actual operation of the AGC in various Apollo missions.

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