Supercomputer Showdown – Big Picture Science – podcast

Supercomputer Showdown

Katherine Riley, Katie Bethea | Big Picture Science

2019-11-04

Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the petaflop heap – at least for now. But Frontier and Aurora are catching up as they take aim at a new performance benchmark called exascale. So why do we need all this processing power? From climate modeling to personalized medicine, find out why the super-est computers are necessary to answer our biggest questions. But is the dark horse candidate, quantum computing, destined to leave classical computing in the dust? Guests: Katherine Riley – Director of Science, Argonne National Laboratory Jack Wells – Director of Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory National Center for Computational Sciences Katie Bethea – Communications Team Lead, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jeffrey Hawkins – Technologist and neuroscientist. Co-founder of Palm, Handspring and Numenta Eleanor Rieffel – Mathematician, NASA Ames Research Center, and co-author of “Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor,” published in Nature magazine

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