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Research Computing Lecture Series - #HPCMatters

Hello Data Research Enthusiasts, we have another special presentation by the ASU Working Group for Research Computing on the ASU Tempe campus (Biodesign Institute Building B, room B105)  on Thursday, December 01, 2016. 

About the Talk:

In a world where everyone has a very powerful computer in their phone, their watch, and their eyeglasses, why do we still need supercomputers, or high performance computers (HPC)?  This talk will present the value of HPC for solving grand challenge problems in national security, scientific discovery and economic competitiveness.  It will also describe advances in HPC, challenges in taking it to the next level and the global competition.

About Dona Crawford:

Dona L. Crawford retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a science and security laboratory, in April 2016, after having served as Associate Director for Computation for 15 years. In this capacity she led the laboratory’s high performance computing efforts. This included managing a staff of ~1000 that developed and deployed an integrated computing environment for petascale simulations of complex physical phenomena, such as understanding non-proliferation, biodefense, and energy security.  This environment included high performance computers, scientific visualization facilities, high-performance storage systems, network connectivity, multi-resolution data analysis, mathematical models, scalable numerical algorithms, computer applications, and necessary services to enable Laboratory mission goals and scientific discovery through simulation.  An icon for the computing environment provided was the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program's BlueGene/Q Sequoia machine (peak 20 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (PF)).  This is among the fastest computers in the world.

About ASU Research Computing:

ASU Research Computing represents leading academic supercomputing capabilities — providing a high-performance computing environment, a high-end data intensive ecosystem (Big Data), a highly available 100 gigabit Internet2 connected network internal and external via Internet2 through an ESNET Science DMZ, large-scale data storage and elastic capacity to the public cloud.

Our mission is to eliminate boundaries to research computing by providing transformative advanced computing solutions in a cost-effective manner and to support the University’s mission and goals as they apply to research, education and public service.

The Research Computing Working Group considers and recommends resources, policies, plans, and capabilities that affect faculty research computing and scholarly activities.

For additional information about this series or ASU's research computing resources, contact Marisa Brazil, Program Manager at [masked].

Parking Options:

Paid parking ($3/hr) available at the Rural Road Parking Structure (1184 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281). This is at the intersection of East Lemon Street and Rural Rd. Main entrance and exit to this garage is on East Lemon Street.

ASU Tempe Campus - Rural Road Parking Structure
East Lemon Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

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  • Research Computing ASU

    ASU Research Computing provides speakers and the USB room

  • Quilt Data

    Speaker, food & drinks for November 2016 meeting

  • IT Partners

    Sponsoring food and beverages for the October 2016 meeting.

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    Hosting 11/10/15 Meetup at ASU-USB

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    Speaker, food & drinks for our August 2015 event

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    Speaker, food, & swag for May 2015 event.

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    Speaker, swag, food, drinks for the March 2015 meeting.

  • EMC

    Sponsoring food, drink and presenter for January 2015 Meetup.

  • Pivotal

    Providing raffle items and refreshments for January 2015 meeting.

  • Arizona State University

    ASU's UTO is our venue sponsor for meeting rooms at ASU Tempe & Skysong

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