A Hitchhiker's Guide to Supercomputers and Big Data
Dr. Pete Beckman
Argonne National Laboratory
Thursday, April 18
- 7:30 p.m.
- Meyer Science Center
- Lecture Hall, room 145
Join Dr. Pete Beckman of Argonne National Laboratory in this general audience lecture on how supercomputers and big data are changing our lives. Computer simulation and modeling are being used to inform key climate-related policy questions for our nation, understand brain aneurysms, design more fuel efficient jet engines, and explore the influence of dark energy in the universe. The presentation will include an overview of computing, from simple computers, Moore's law, and physics-based games such as Angry Birds to the design of one of the world's fastest computers, Mira, recently installed at Argonne National Laboratory. We will also look into the future of big data with things like Watson, the Jeopardy! winning computer, augmented reality, self-driving cars, and the quantified self.
Dr. Beckman, a leader in the development of high-performance supercomputers, is a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Director of Exascale Technology and Computing Institute, and Co-Director of Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.
Ice Cream Social
School year kickoff ice cream social for students interested in computer science is held shortly after the start of the fall semester.
Computer Science Senior award
Congratulations to Daniel Opdyke who won the 2012 award for outstanding senior in the computer science program. This award is based on such criteria as
- Potential for future work in computer science
- Academic performance in computer science at Wheaton
- Christian character
- Service to the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and to the college, church, and community
The 2012 class had several strong candidates for the award.