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"We do not make predictions about the scientific outcomes of the simulation experiments, but we promise to build collaborative tools that will enable very exciting science," says Meier. Courtesy of F. Hentschel, Heidelberg University

Brain-derived Computing beyond Von Neumann

April 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by Nages Sieslack | Articles | Comments

Karlheinz Meier, professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, will deliver a keynote talk at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). The theme for this talk will be ‘Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann —  achievements and challenges’. Meier is one of the co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project (HBP), where he will be leading a research group

Exciting Advances: Growth of HPC in the Life Sciences

April 18, 2014 3:12 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, will chair a session on...

Blood Flow in the Brain, Multi-Scale Modeling and More: Life as an Early-career HPC Researcher

April 18, 2014 2:53 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

iSGTW speaks to Derek Groen, a post-doctoral researcher from the Centre for Computational...

400GbE and High Performance Computing

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by John D’Ambrosia | Blogs | Comments

The last time the IEEE 802.3 Working Group addressed the “Next Rate” of Ethernet was when 10 GbE...

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NASA’s Rupak Biswas Sees Usable Quantum Computing before End of Decade

April 17, 2014 2:45 pm | by ISC | Articles | Comments

Quantum computing is a technology that promises to revolutionize the IT industry. Thus far, though, it has been unable to shake its perception as a sort of permanent “technology of the future.”  But, with the availability of quantum annealing computers from D-Wave, that perception might be changing. One of the first D-Wave systems has been deployed at NASA Ames Research Center, where researchers have been busy putting the machine ...

Steve Conway, Research VP, IDC High Performance Computing Group

Steve Conway

April 17, 2014 2:03 pm | Biographies

Steve Conway plays a major role in directing and implementing HPC research related to the worldwide market for technical servers and supercomputers. A 25-year veteran of the HPC and IT industries, Mr. Conway authors key IDC studies, reports and white papers, helps organize and advance the HPC User Forum, and provides thought leadership and practical guidance for users, vendors and other members of the HPC community.

Yunquan Zhang, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yunquan Zhang

April 17, 2014 10:24 am | Biographies

Yunquan Zhang is a research professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include parallel computational model, parallel programming, performance benchmarking and optimization, and large scale parallel computing. He also hols the postions of General Secretary of SAMSS and Vice General Secretary of CCF HPCTC.

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William Gropp, Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

William Gropp

April 17, 2014 10:16 am | Biographies

William Gropp received his B.S. in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in 1977, a MS in Physics from the University of Washington in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1982. He held the positions of assistant (1982-1988) and associate (1988-1990) professor in the Computer Science Department at Yale University.

Torsten Hoefler, Innovative Sytems Lab Application and System Performance Modeling and Simulation Lead, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Torsten Hoefler

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | Biographies

Torsten Hoefler is working in the Blue Waters Directorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is responsible for performance modeling and simulation of the Blue Waters Petascale computer and applications running on it. He is co-chair of the collective operations working group in the MPI Forum. Hoefler is interested in Collective Communications, Process Topologies, One Sided Operations, and Hybrid Programming in MPI. He is also a member of ACM SIGHPC, ACM, and IEEE.

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, Director, Center for Parallel Computing, University of Utah

Ganesh L. Gopalakrishnan

April 17, 2014 9:56 am | Biographies

Ganesh L. Gopalakrishnan earned his PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook University in 1986, joining Utah the same year. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary (1988), and conducted sabbatical work at Stanford University (1995), Intel, Santa Clara (2002), and Utah (2009, developing a Parallel and Concurrent Programming Curriculum Development with Microsoft Research).

Franck Cappello, Co-Director, INRIA-Illinois Joint Laboratory on PetaScale Computing

Franck Cappello

April 17, 2014 9:52 am | Biographies

Franck Cappello holds a Senior Researcher position at INRIA. He leads the Grand-Large project at INRIA, focusing on High Performance issues in Large Scale Distributed Systems. He has initiated the XtremWeb (Desktop Grid) and MPICH-V (Fault tolerant MPI) projects. He was the director of the Grid5000 project, a nation wide computer science platform for research in large scale distributed systems.

Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Professor, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast

Dimitris S. Nikolopoulos

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | Biographies

Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos is Professor in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast, where he holds the Chair in High Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) and is Director of Research in the HPDC Cluster. His research interests include the architecture, programming, characterisation and optimisation of scalable computing systems.

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Alice Koniges

April 17, 2014 9:42 am | Biographies

Soon after she became the first woman ever to earn a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University, Alice Koniges began her career as a member of NERSC’s Computational Physics Group in 1984 at LLNL. She achieved the first successful parallel code run on the four-processor Cray-2.

Yale N. Patt, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Yale N. Patt

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | Biographies

Dr. Yale Patt is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering. He also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He earned his B.S. at Northeastern University and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

Wu Feng, Professor of Computer Science & Electrical & Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Wu Feng

April 17, 2014 9:36 am | Biographies

Wu Feng is an Elizabeth & James Turner Fellow and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he directs the Synergy Laboratory and serves as the VT site co-director of the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC).

Wolfgang Gentzsch, Co-Founder, UberCloud Community & Marketplace

Wolfgang Gentzsch

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | Biographies

Wolfgang Gentzsch is co-founder of the UberCloud Community and Marketplace and a strategic consultant for HPC, Grid, and cloud computing. He is also the Chairman of the ISC Cloud conference series. Wolfgang was Director At-Large of the Board of Directors of the Open Grid Forum, and an advisor to the EU project DEISA, the Distributed European Initiative for Supercomputing Applications.

Vladimir Voevodin, Deputy Director of the Research Computing Center, Moscow State University

Vladimir Voevodin

April 17, 2014 9:31 am | Biographies

Vladimir Voevodin is Deputy Director of the Research Computing Center at Lomonosov Moscow State University (1998-present) where he is responsible for supercomputing facilities and activities of RCC MSU. He is also a professor at the Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics Faculty of MSU (2005-present) and a professor at the Mechanic-mathematical Faculty of South-Ural State University (2004-present).

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Ulla Thiel, Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cray

Ulla Thiel

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | Biographies

Ulla Thiel joined Cray in 2004 and serves as Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Before joining Cray, she was Director of HPC Sales EMEA at IBM. Dr. Thiel received her doctorate in mathematics from Saarbruecken University and has held various research positions at universities in Heidelberg and Madrid.

Thomas Schulthess, Director, Swiss National Supercomputing Center

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulthess

April 17, 2014 9:22 am | Biographies

Thomas Schulthess is the director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) at Manno. He studied physics and earned his Ph.D. degree at ETH Zurich. As CSCS director, he will also be professor of computational physics at ETH. He worked for twelve years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, a leading supercomputing and research in the US.

Thomas Lippert, Director, Jülich Supercomputing Center

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert

April 17, 2014 9:19 am | Biographies

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert is the Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.  He is the managing director of the John von Neumann-Institut für Computing (NIC), a virtual institute of the partner centres DESY (Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron, Hamburg), FZJ and GSI (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt) in the Helmholtz Association. He holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.

Tau Leng, Vice President and the General Manager of HPC Solutions, Supermicro

Tau Leng

April 17, 2014 9:16 am | Biographies

Tau Leng is a Vice President and the General Manager of HPC Solutions at Supermicro. Tau leads teams responsible for systems integration, testing and validation, as well as HPC and Datacenter business development. Tau's area of technical expertise resides in High Performance Computing Clustering technology and Datacenter Architecture.

Tadashi Watanabe, Project Leader, RIKEN Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center

Tadashi Watanabe

April 17, 2014 9:13 am | Biographies

Tadashi Watanabe believes the Next-Generation Supercomputer will be a driving force behind Japanese science and technology and an essential foundation for advanced research and development. It will be used in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology), nanoscience, the life sciences, engineering, and the prediction of environmental change and natural disasters.

Sverre Jarp, Chief Technology Officer, CERN openlab

Sverre Jarp

April 17, 2014 9:09 am | Biographies

Sverre Jarp has been working in computing at CERN for over 35 years and has held both managerial and technical positions promoting advanced but cost-effective computing solutions for the Laboratory. In 2001-02 he spent a sabbatical year at HP Labs (Palo Alto, USA). Upon his return, he started working as the Chief Technology Officer in the CERN openlab.

Steve Wallach, Chief Scientist, Co-Founder, and Director, Convey Computer

Steve Wallach

April 17, 2014 9:07 am | Biographies

Steve Wallach is a founder of Convey Computer Corporation and is an adviser to venture capital firms CenterPoint Ventures, Sevin-Rosen and InterWest Partners. Previously, he served as vice president of technology for Chiaro Networks Ltd., and as co-founder, chief technology officer and senior vice president of development of Convex Computer Corporation.

Rainer Spurzem, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg

Rainer Spurzem

April 17, 2014 8:52 am | Biographies

Rainer Spurzem completed his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 1988 with a thesis on stellar systems around supermassive black holes. During the 90s he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Kiel (Germany), bringing GRAPE special purpose computers for astrophysical N-body simulations to Europe.

Pradeep K. Sinha, Senior Director and Chairman, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)

Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha

April 17, 2014 8:44 am | Biographies

Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha is a senior member of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Currently, he holds three prestigious positions at C-DAC. These are Senior Director (Corporate Strategy and R&D), Senior Director (High Performance Computing) and Chairman (Academic Council). Before joining C-DAC, Dr. Sinha was with Multimedia Systems Research Laboratory of Panasonic in Tokyo, Japan.

Oleksiy Koshulko, Senior Research Associate, Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics NAS

Dr. Oleksiy Koshulko

April 17, 2014 8:41 am | Biographies

Dr. Koshulko is a senior research associate at Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical modeling and numerical methods. His professional interests include parallel processing, machine learning, time series analysis and forecasting. Dr. Koshulko serves as program committee member of several international HPC conferences and is a chair of the HPC-UA conference in Kyiv.

Motoi Okuda, Executive Architect, Technical Computing Solutions Unit, Fujitsu

Dr. Motoi Okuda

April 17, 2014 8:35 am | Biographies

Dr. Motoi Okuda is an Executive Architect in the Technical Computing Solutions Unit of Fujitsu Ltd. and the Assistant to the President of the Next Generation Technical Computing Unit at Fujitsu Ltd. His work experience includes development of computational science and engineering programs dealing with fluid dynamics nuclear code, crashworthiness, and molecular dynamics

Like a plot from The Terminator movie, we are suddenly faced with the prospect of real threat from autonomous systems unless they are designed very carefully.

Could Chess Robots Cause Judgment Day?

April 16, 2014 8:32 pm | by Taylor & Francis | News | Comments

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it. It could be a very sore loser! A study just published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence reflects upon the growing need for autonomous technology, and suggests that humans should be very careful to prevent future systems from developing anti-social and potentially harmful behaviour.

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