Science is dramatically expanding our understanding of the world around us and thereby improving the technologies by which we advance human progress. Computing is being harnessed into that service in ways both straightforward (Big Data) and subtle, yielding Big Understanding through large scale simulation, complex statistical and logical reasoning, finding needles (e.g., long chains of cause and effect which form scenarios of interest) in haystacks of big data, and other means of doing what human computational and analytical skills cannot accomplish alone. Sixty years ago the referent of the word “computer” shifted from people to machines; in the coming years we may witness a sea change in which the primary meaning of “computer scientist” will be a program that designs and carries out experiments.
Feb 19, 2016
TTI/Vanguard invites conference attendees to participate in an action-packed morning the day following the conference. Note that the Petawatt Laser tour has space limitations and can only accommodate three groups of 15 people.
Register early to reserve your spot. The tour of the main University of Texas campus will include three sites of interest, each brighter than the last.
The field trip will begin at TACC, where the main attraction is the supercomputing facility per se, one huge room that houses 13 distinct supercomputing clusters; one—Stampede, composed of Dell servers—occupies fully half the space and ranked as high as number six on the Top500 list (2013).
The tour of the main University of Texas campus will include three sites of interest, each brighter than the last.