Past Meetup

Supercomputing with Tiny Titan

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Join us as we learn about programming the fastest computers in the world from experts at the Department of Energy! This event is appropriate for all ages from elementary to high school. Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Supercomputers are used to solve our biggest science and engineering problems. Titan ( (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN) is America's fastest supercomputer and can solve one-thousand trillion math problems in a single second. Tiny Titan is not a supercomputer but a toy supercomputer that acts like a real supercomputer. Tiny Titan shows us how supercomputers like Titan work. Come play on Tiny Titan and learn how many small computers can work together to solve the world's biggest science and engineering problems!

Important: Ages 7 to 17 are welcome, but children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult for the entire meeting. Bringing a friend or two is fine, but please, no large groups.

Getting there:

The Thingstitute is located in downtown Rockville in the old red brick courthouse at 29 Courthouse Square. It's at the corner of Maryland and Courthouse Square with a large fountain out front.

Enter via the front door. Walk down the hall and make a left at the elevator. We'll be on the second floor. An entrance without stairs is located in the rear of the building. Handicap parking is located next to the rear entrance. We'll have a sign with a number to call to get someone to open the rear door.

Parking: Street parking is free on Sundays, but may not be available. The parking lot at 11 N Washington St is free and less than a block away. It is on the corner of Courthouse Sq and Washington St with an entrance right after the traffic light on Courthouse Sq. A second option is the COB parking garage on E. Jefferson and Monroe which is larger and also free. See ( for other parking lots.

Metro: If you are coming by metro, exit the station to the left and take the pedestrian bridge over Rockville Pike. Walk straight for a little over a block and you'll be there.