Computing @ Exascale Symposium

9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday, January 25, 2013

Industry, government and university leaders and Harvard students came together for a day of lively conversation about the sweeping advances in knowledge and technology that might be enabled by extreme-scale computation—supercomputers capable of 1018 floating point operations per second, some 100 times the speed of today's fastest machines. Industry leaders debated the hardware, software and education strategies necessary to enable the next big leap in computation.

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Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

G115 Maxwell Dworkin
33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138


9:00 AM Coffee
9:30 AM Welcome and Introduction
Presentation of prizes for the Student Computational Challenge
Cherry A. Murray
Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Stephen S. Pawlowski
Intel Senior Fellow; GM, IAG & DCSG Pathfinding; CTO, Datacenter & Connected Systems Group
Efthimios Kaxiras
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics
Director, Institute for Applied Computational Science
10:00 AM

Keynote Address: Molecular Simulation and the Future of Biology

David E. Shaw
Chief Scientist, D. E. Shaw Research; Senior Research Fellow, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Columbia University

10:30 AM Session: Computational science and engineering at the exascale
Steven E. Koonin
Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University
The Promise of Urban Informatics
Sadasivan Shankar
Program Leader for Materials Design, Intel
If Exascale is the Answer, What Is the Question?
12:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM Session: The path to exascale computing
Joseph L. Hellerstein
Manager, Computational Discovery for Science, Google Inc.
Science in the Cloud
David Turek
IBM Vice President, Exascale Systems
Computational Science, Innovation, and International Competitiveness
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Stephen Keckler
Senior Director of Architecture Research, NVIDIA, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin
Transforming Scientific Discovery with Commodity Technologies
Stephen S. Pawlowski
Intel Senior Fellow; CTO, Intel Architecture Group; and General Manager for Cross-IAG Architecture and Pathfinding, Intel Corporation
Race to Exascale: Opportunities and Challenges
4:30 PM Discussion
5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Efthimios Kaxiras