2020 DDN EMEA Virtual User Group

Featuring Speakers

Alex Bouzari
CEO and Co-founder
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Ben Watson
Service Owner, Parallel & High Performance Computing
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Dr. Robert Esnouf
Director of Research Computing
University of Oxford
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Addison Snell
Intersect360 Research
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Carlo Nardone
Sr. Solution Architect
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Timothy Lanfear
Director, Solutions Architecture & Engineering EMEA, NVIDIA

James Coomer

James Coomer
Sr. VP Products
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Sven Oehme

Sven Oehme
Chief Research Officer


The DDN EMEA User Group is an annual meeting that brings together the best and brightest scientists, researchers and technologists to share and learn how leading global organizations are executing cutting-edge HPC and AI initiatives that are transforming the world. The goal of the event is to gather the community and discover how organizations are assessing and leveraging technology to raise the bar on HPC and AI innovations and best practices. From exciting user presentations to groundbreaking technology updates, this can’t-miss event delivers the ideas and inspiration to help your cutting-edge initiatives transform the world.

“Two years ago I was attending the user group meeting in Denver and there was a presentation from the University of Miami on using Big Data workflows on their HPC system and that was a takeaway for me, to look into that.”

– Dr. Stephan Schenk, BASF

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Watch featured presentation videos from the DDN User Group at ISC 2020:

DDN: Extracting Value from Data in the Age of AI and MultiCloud

In the rapidly changing landscape of HPC and AI, DDN brings fresh innovation with the stability you need. In this welcome address from DDN CEO and Co-Founder Alex Bouzari, he’ll discuss what to expect from DDN in the future and how you can stay in front of your challenges with the most reliable long-term partner in data-at-scale.

Zenuity: Surfing The Entire Data Tsunami

The emergence of autonomous vehicles as mainstream technology brings a swathe of unique opportunities and challenges commercially, legally, and technically. This session featuring Ben Watson from Zenuity provides some insight into the technical challenges observed in developing Advanced Driver Assistance features, some methods used to expose the differences in technology stacks during the evaluation and sourcing process, and steps taken to mitigate and remediate those challenges with a bespoke solutions architecture.

DDN: EXAScaler 2020–A Radical Step Forward for At-Scale Data

Organizations need to scale their data platforms without compromising on Enterprise Features. Data that is at the core of AI and HPC workflows also needs strong Data Protection, Cloud Portability and the ability to be processed at speed from an increasingly diverse application ecosystem. EXAScaler has been radically enhanced through 2019 and 2020 and we announce here the features in our upcoming major release, EXAScaler 5.2.

Intersect 360: HPC and AI Market Update

Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research will present an overview of the latest HPC market trends, including: the market effects (positive and negative) of COVID-19, adoption of heterogenous computing for machine learning, and a new user study rating the vendors across HPC.

NVIDIA: GPU Accelerated Computing is Not Only Computing

Presentation from the 2020 DDN EMEA User Group featuring Carlo Nardone of NVIDIA.

University of Oxford: Evolving from genetics computing to healthcare computing

While genetics data are generally not particularly sensitive from a governance perspective and have been traditionally processed on HPC and HTC clusters, healthcare data are far more diverse and sensitive and place huge restrictions on technology choices. Dr. Rober Esnouf of the University of Oxford will cover some of the challenges that they are facing and consider what platforms will help us meet the needs of healthcare research.

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