The 27th annual SuperComputing conference is next week from November 15-20 in Austin, TX. The conference spotlights the many applications of high-performance computing (HPC) and innovations from around the world that are affecting the space. SuperComputing 2015 will attract the premier scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators, and developers in the international supercomputing community, and they’ll all be in Austin next week to talk about the latest and greatest in HPC!

We’re extremely excited to have some of our own Cisco representatives on hand, both to learn from the experts that will be present and to share some of Cisco’s initiatives in the HPC space. If you’re going to be at SuperComputing 2015, check out these two Cisco-led sessions:

Dave Goodell, Technical Leader Software Engineering

Monday, November 16 1:30-5:00 PM Room 12

Jeffrey M. Squyres, Technical Leader, Engineering

Wednesday, November 18 12:15-1:15 PM Room 18CD

In addition, there will be daily presentations happening at the Cisco booth (#588) throughout the conference on topics like Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Next Generation Firewalls and HPC with Cisco UCS. There will also be a presentation on Science DMZ led by Cisco’s Jason King and Chris Hocker. Science DMZ is a subnetwork that is secure, but doesn’t have the performance limits that can occur with traditional security devices like firewalls. Science DMZ is designed to handle high volumes of data and is an important part of supercomputing.

However, it has been difficult to implement securely with traditional network protocols and hardware. One way to tackle this problem is using software defined networking (SDN). In fact, Cisco recently published a whitepaper on how an event-based SDN solution can utilize blocking and steering actions to improve both the security and efficiency of the traditional Science DMZ. You can check out the full whitepaper to learn more about this approach to Science DMZ.

If you’re going to SuperComputing 2015, be sure to stop by booth #588 to say hi and learn more about Science DMZ and hear from our HPC experts.

Hope to see everyone there!


Shannon Leininger

Director and Market Lead

Federal Civilian Operation