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Dr Donald Kinghorn

scientific computing advisor

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  • 5 years with Puget Systems

PhD in Theoretical Chemistry, MS in Chemistry, BA in Mathematics/Chemistry

Don is the escalation point for sales and support questions concerning HPC, Scientific Computing, Machine Learning, AI, Linux System Administration and Hardware Troubleshooting. He works on hardware systems validation for Scientific workloads and provides an internal educational resource for others here at Puget Systems. If you read our publications with any frequency, you’ll see Don contributes often to our HPC Blog. Don has been with Puget Systems since 2013, and has a long history with scientific and high performance computing that was nurtured by his educational background in Computational/Theoretical Chemistry. Don will tell you he joined Puget Systems to be with a group of people dedicated to building and providing high-quality computing hardware.

HOMETOWN:
Englewood, CO


Dr Donald Kinghorn's Recent Comments:

  • NVIDIA Titan V 12GB picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    The Titan V is a great card and is essentially a Tesla V100 in a desktop friendly form. The standout features of the V100 like it's very good fp64 double precision, full fp16 functionality and Tensorcores are available on the Titan V. However, for most Machine Learning and HPC workloads that just utilize fp32 performance will only be 10-20% better than the Titan Xp. I recommend this card for developers that want try working with fp16 and Tensorcores or anyone that can make use of the great double precision performance.
  • Intel Xeon E5-2687W V3 3.1GHz Ten Core 25MB 160W picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    The E5-2687W v3 is one of the standout processors in the E5 Haswell line. Two of these give you 20 cores and a high clock frequency (3.1 GHz). This will give great performance for a wide range of multi-threaded, numerically intensive, applications. It's what I use for testing application parallel performance. It has the highest power usage of the v3 line at 160W TDP but that power usage translates directly to performance and we don't have any trouble with cooling it in our systems. [ If you have a code that is memory bound look at the 6-core E5-2643 v3 with 3.3MB smart cache per core ]
  • JDS Labs OBJECTIVE2+ODAC REV B picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    Build quality is excellent and the headphone amp has lots of headroom (nice if you have high impedance headphones) It was really nice with well recorded acoustic instruments!
  • M-Audio Super DAC picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    This little DAC is a definite improvement over on-board sound in my opinion and it's really user friendly. I like that it's bus powered (no extra power connection needed) and that the RCA output level is controlled by the main volume knob. That's nice if you are using powered studio monitors, you can set your OS sound level high and control volume with the DAC for both headphones and the monitors. It's an easy recommendation for someone wanting a better audio experience.
  • Intel Xeon E5-2637 V3 3.5GHz Quad Core 15MB 135W picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    The E5-2643 v3 and E5-2637 processors should be of interest to users who have code that is memory bound. The 2643v3 has 6-cores and 3.33MB smart-cache per core and the 2637 has 4-cores and 3.75MB smart-cache per core. The other processors in the 26xx v3 line have 2.5MB smart-cache per core. Also, these two processors run at high clock speeds -- 3.4GHz for the 2643 v3 and 3.5GHz for the 2637 v3. For parallel applications that only scale well out to around 8-cores and need maximal memory performance these two processors are likely to give very good performance.
  • Intel Xeon E5-2643 V3 3.4GHz Six Core 20MB 135W picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    The E5-2643 v3 and E5-2637 processors should be of interest to users who have code that is memory bound. The 2643v3 has 6-cores and 3.33MB smart-cache per core and the 2637 has 4-cores and 3.75MB smart-cache per core. The other processors in the 26xx v3 line have 2.5MB smart-cache per core. Also, these two processors run at high clock speeds -- 3.4GHz for the 2643 v3 and 3.5GHz for the 2637 v3. For parallel applications that only scale well out to around 8-cores and need maximal memory performance these two processors are likely to give very good performance.
  • Puget Systems Acrylic Development Enclosure for NVIDIA Jetson TK1 picture
    Dr Donald Kinghorn (Scientific Computing Advisor ) Says:
    "Nice housing for your Jetson TK1. Keeps your cat from stepping on your board while it's on your test bench. I'm glad I have mine!"