|Name:||Blue Waters: An Extraordinary Resource for Extraordinary Research|
|Time:||Thursday, June 21, 2012
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
CCH - Congress Center Hamburg
|Speakers:||Thom Dunning, NCSA|
|Abstract:||A new generation of supercomputers—petascale computers—is providing scientists and engineers with the ability to simulate a broad range of natural and engineered systems with unprecedented fidelity. Just as important in this increasingly data-rich world, these new computers allow researchers to manage and analyze unprecedented quantities of data, seeking connections, patterns and knowledge. The impact of this new computing capability will be profound, affecting science, engineering and society.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with funding from the National Science Foundation, is preparing to deploy a computing system that can sustain one quadrillion calculations per second on a broad range of science and engineering applications and manage and analyze petabytes of data. This computer, Blue Waters, has been configured to enable it to solve the most compute-, memory- and data-intensive problems in science and engineering. It will have tens of thousands of chips (CPUs & GPUs), petabytes of memory, tens of petabytes of disk storage, and hundreds of petabytes of archival storage.
The presentation will describe Blue Waters and illustrate the role that Blue Waters will play in a few illustrative areas of research.