Free software and High Performance Computing

Speaker(s) : Vittoria Rezzonico

  • Language : English
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Thursday 12 July 2012
  • Schedule : 15h20
  • Duration : 40 minutes
  • Place : Uni Mail R150


Since the Beowulf revolution, High Performance Computing (HPC) has been taken over not only by clusters built from commodity hardware, but also by free software. Starting from the operating system, up to the specific scientific software, supercomputers (even the most powerful in the world) sport all kind of free software.

In this talk, I will explain what HPC is about, and how Free software got to have the lion’s share in the field. A brief overview of the software used on the most powerful machines in the world will be given.


Graduated in mathematics at EPFL after having spent one exchange year at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, she decides to engage in a PhD thesis in scientific computing at EPFL. She is founder and former president of the GNU Generation, a student association promoting free software. After her PhD she obtained a position as HPC expert and assistant manager at the Basic Sciences Faculty at EPFL. She is now the new HPC coordinator for EPFL.

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