The Joint Communications & Computer Chapter of IEEE Kingston is glad to announce the following Technical Talk.
High Performance Computing: The Challenge at (Exa)Scale
Time: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM (NEW TIME)
Location: Room WLH-302, Walter Light Hall, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Queen’s University
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Grant, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Supercomputing has helped solve some of the greatest scientific questions and engineering challenges of the last 50+ years. This talk will describe the current effort to develop the world’s first Exascale supercomputer, that will be capable of over a quintillion operations per second. This system will be a trillion times more powerful than the supercomputers available 50 years ago. However, Exascale computing faces several major challenges. With the plateau of CPU frequency, and the rise of multi-core processors, Exascale computing is fraught with many challenges. The increased parallelism, power consumption and decreased reliability of such a system are just some of the challenges that must be addressed for Exascale computing. In this talk, we will discuss the challenges facing Exascale computing and the revolutionary changes that will be required for Exascale and beyond.
Ryan Grant is a post-doctoral appointee in the Scalable Software Systems group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He graduated with a PhD in Computer Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2012. His research interests are in High Performance Computing, with emphasis on high performance networking and energy-aware high performance computing for Exascale systems. He is an active member of the Portals Networking Interface design team, a high performance interconnect with a long history as the high-speed network for Cray supercomputers. He is an IEEE member and is actively involved in IEEE sponsored conference organization.
Contacts: For further details, please contact;
- Professor Ahmad Afsahi (Ahmad.Afsahi@queensu.ca) from Dept. of Elec. & Comp. Eng., Queen’s Univ., or
- Dr. Francois Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Dept. of Elec. & Comp. Eng., RMC.
This Lecture is open to all. Refreshments will be served.