SC10 panel to discuss Future Supercomputing Centers

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NCSA director Thom Dunning will lead a panel on Future Supercomputing Centers from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in Room 384-385 during the SC10 conference.

Panelists Tony Hey (Microsoft Corporation), William Gropp (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Thomas Lippert (Juelich Supercomputing Centre), Satoshi Matsuoka (Tokyo Institute of Technology), and Thomas Zacharia (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) will discuss the nature of federal- and state-supported supercomputing centers, what is required to sustain them in the future, and how they will cope with the evolution of computing technology. Since the federally supported U.S. centers were created in the mid-1980s, they have fueled innovation and discovery, increasing the number of computational researchers, stimulating the use of HPC in industry, and pioneering new technologies. The future of supercomputing is exciting—sustained petascale systems are here with planning for exascale systems now under way—but it is also challenging—disruptive technology changes will be needed to reach the exascale. How can supercomputing help ensure that today's petascale supercomputers are effectively used to advance science and engineering and how can they help the research and industrial communities prepare for an exciting, if uncertain future?

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