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EVENT: Back to the Future with High Performance Computing

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Today's date is Friday, October 29, 2021
Back to the Future with High Performance Computing : From the first supercomputer to the modern day - high performance computing Other events...
The first super computer was built 60 years by UNIVAC and kick started the tussle between IO, memory, cpu, parallelism and the ever shrinking transistor. According to Wikipedia "In 1960 UNIVAC built the Livermore Atomic Research Computer (LARC), today considered among the first supercomputers, for the US Navy Research and Development Centre". Today’s central processing units (CPU) and graphics processing units (GPU) continue in the tradition of doubling the system performance roughly every 18 months (see Moore's observation). BUT it is a little like Back to the Future. The modern vector architectures are a scaled back version of those of the 80's and 90's. The massive parallelism harps back to the late 70's and early 80's. Modern networks linking these systems follow suit, oscillating between parallel and serial transport. This talk will cover some of the modern takes on these old principles and relate them back to computational methods and techniques. You might discover that your best scientific programmer is a physicist from a previous generation.
Speaker(s) Dr. Stuart Midgley is DUG’s System Architect. The HPC systems he has developed for DUG have grown to become some of the largest privately owned supercomputers in the world. They are housed in global seismic processing centres in Perth, Kuala Lumpur, London and Houston. The University of Western Australia graduate completed a PhD in Quantum Physics, with distinction, in 2001, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, with honours, from the Australian National University. Very early in his career he learnt the power of supercomputers and the impact they can have on research. Stuart has now worked in the HPC industry for over 20 years as a user, developer, system support/administrator, and system architect. With a strong interest in new and emerging technologies, Stuart looks forward to continued development and growth of DUG's system, incorporating the latest hardware and programming paradigms.
Location Room 2.15, Physics Building
Contact John Brookes <[email protected]>
Start Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:00
End Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:00
Submitted by John Brookes <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 03 Mar 2020 08:56
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