The Wilbert Steffy Distinguished Lecture with William Pulleyblank, Sept. 14, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 4 p.m.
GM Converence Room, 4th Floor
Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center
1221 Beal Avenue
A reception will follow in the Masco Common Rooms
W. R. Pulleyblank
Center for Business Optimization
IBM Business Consulting Services
BlueGene, Supercomputing and Cyberscience
In 2004 an IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer was officially certified as the world’s most powerful supercomputer and in June 2006, remains #1 on the list, possessing more than three times the power of the second computer on the list, also a BlueGene/L system. This computing power is creating opportunities for major advances in many areas of scientific computing, including protein science, climate modeling and material science. In addition, we are beginning to see business applications being developed that can exploit these levels of computational power. I will describe the system and what it took to create it. I will also discuss several application areas that are already benefi ting from its computational power as well as some of the application design challenges created by its unique characteristics.
William R. Pulleyblank is the Vice President of the Center for Business Optimization within IBM Business Consulting Services. This group is leading the development and deployment of high powered optimization and analytic capabilities to improve the business performance of IBM’s clients and customers. Prior to this, he was the Director of Exploratory Server Systems and Director of the Deep Computing Institute within IBM Research. These teams provided broad-based support to IBM’s server activities as well as leading research in high performance computing. He was Director of Mathematical Sciences in IBM Research from 1995 to 2000 and was the Research relationship executive responsible for the Financial Services sector in IBM, the Utility and Energy Services industry, and for the Business Intelligence group.
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