“Going Up Alleys” Podcast Episode 5 – High-Performance Computing (Part 2)

On this episode of “Going Up Alleys,” we continue the seminar by Professor Thom Dunning in which he spoke about the frontier of high-performance computing (HPC). This continues a multi-part series on interdisciplinary research – solving difficult problems by bringing together traditionally compartmentalized institutions, such as computing and humanities.

This episode is like a Matryoshka doll, since I dusted off some audio I once recorded for the “Mustang Physics Podcast,” but which never saw the light of day, and then nestled it inside this podcast. Aren’t you lucky?

Listen to Episode 5: High-Performance Computing (Part 2)

Professor Thom Dunning is the Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence in Chemistry and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Most importantly, he is the director of the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies (IACAT) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The SMU Chemistry Department hosted Prof. Dunning for a seminar on October 19, 2011. They graciously invited students, researchers, and faculty from all science departments at SMU to participate in the seminar. Prof. Dunning spoke about many topics, including the state of high-performance computing (HPC), the technology behind recent advances and that needed for future advances, and the diverse scientific topics that demand more and more from HPC.

This podcast continues a series on interdisciplinary themes. In this episode, we explore applications of high-performance computing to attack very hard problems in the sciences,  and the challenges to the future of HPC. In the next and last episode in the series, we’ll hear a seminar by Prof. Robert Markley (UIUC) on his use of computing to explore maps of the Great Lakes.

Show Notes

  • 0:00: Opening Theme and Title
  • 0:51: Introduction (to the introduction)
  • 1:28: Vintage Introduction
  • 2:49: Thom Dunning continues his seminar
  • 31:45: Closing Remarks
  • 32:39: Closing Theme and Credits
  • Music for the podcast is licensed under Creative Commons and is by the artist, Nicoco. The song used in the podcast is “Occipital,” from the album “Classicoco,” and is available from Jamendo.
  • This podcast was produced at Hampton House. Linux and Ubuntu were used in the making of this podcast, as was a Macbook, a set of BLUE Microphones, Audacity, and an reasonably insignificantly small amount of “too much free time.”
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About Stephen Sekula

Steve Sekula is an Assistant Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at Southern Methodist University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, and currently spends most of his time either conducting research into the Higgs boson on the ATLAS Experiment or teaching. Oh, and he blogs. We all have flaws.
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