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National Strategic Computing Initiative Seminar Series

In order to maximize the benefits of HPC for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the United States Government must create a coordinated Federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment.  Investment in HPC has contributed substantially to national economic prosperity and rapidly accelerated scientific discovery. Creating and deploying technology at the leading edge is vital to advancing my Administration's priorities and spurring innovation.  Accordingly, this order establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI).

University of Iowa is participating in this seminar series via BlueJeans connection in the newly constructed Iowa Informatics Initiative Space in Public Health Building (CPHB)

The next talk is by Thomas Dunning Jr. from Pacific Northwest National Labs and University of Washington, Seattle.


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 also allow researchers to manage, integrate 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.


In 2013, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with funding from the National Science Foundation, deployed a computing system that can sustain one quadrillion calculations per second on a broad range of science and engineering applications as well as manage and analyze petabytes of data. This computer, Blue Waters, has been configured to solve the most compute-, memory- and data-intensive problems in science and engineering. It has tens of thousands of chips (CPUs & GPUs), more than a petabyte and a half of memory, tens of petabytes of disk storage, and hundreds of petabytes of archival storage.


But, computer technology continues to move forward with the U. S. Department of Energy planning to deploy computer systems with peak performances of 100s of PFLOPs next year and 1,000s of PFLOPs in the early 2020s. However, this increase in performance can only be achieved with significant changes in the underlying computing technologies. This presents both and opportunity and a challenge for computational scientists and engineers. The presentation will describe these leading-edge computing systems, illustrate the role that they play or will play in a few areas of research, and describe the challenges facing the development of exascale modeling and simulation.

Please email Sai Ramadugu ( if you wish to attend the seminar.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

College of Public Health Building, N512
145 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA

Event Type



Students, Faculty/Staff


Information Technology Services, Research Services, High Performance Computing

General Interest

Informatics, Outreach Iowa, Theme Semester


Free to attend

Contact Name

Sai Ramadugu

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