Research Computing Speaker Series: #HPCmatters
Dona L. Crawford, Associate Director Emeritus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
In a world where everyone has a very powerful computer in their phone, their watch, and their eyeglasses, why do we still need supercomputers, or high performance computers (HPC)? Distinguished speaker, Dona Crawford, former Associate Director of Computation at LLNL, will discuss the value of HPC for solving grand challenge problems in national security, scientific discovery and economic competitiveness. She will also describe advances in HPC, challenges in taking it to the next level and the global competition.
Dona L. Crawford retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in April 2016 after serving as Associate Director for Computation for 15 years. She led the laboratory’s HPC efforts and managed the development and deployment of an integrated computing environment for petascale simulations of complex physical phenomena, such as understanding non-proliferation, biodefense, and energy security. This environment included high performance computers, scientific visualization facilities, high-performance storage systems, network connectivity, multi-resolution data analysis, mathematical models, scalable numerical algorithms, computer applications, and necessary services to enable Laboratory mission goals and scientific discovery through simulation. An icon for the computing environment provided was the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program’s BlueGene/Q Sequoia machine, which is among the fastest computers in the world.