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Department of Computer Science University of Houston

Summary: Department of Computer Science
University of Houston
WHEN: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TIME: 11:00 AM
SPEAKER: Dr. Detlef Hohl, Shell, Inc.
Host: Dr. Barbara Chapman
TITLE: The Future of Scientific Computing in the Energy Industry
Abstract: The face of scientific computing and high-performance computing in the energy
industry will change dramatically in the next 5-15 years. Abundant and cheap sensors will lead to
the so-called "Big Data" challenge, and abundant and cheap processing cores will lead to the
challenge of very-large-scale massively parallel (MP) computing. This presentation will focus on
MP computing, reviewing developments in the past and providing a glimpse into the future. For
the next 15 or so years, the (exponential in time) growth in the number of processing cores built
into computers provides the only significant source of growth in processing and number-
crunching capability accessible to computational scientists in the energy industry. This
realization comes with the mandate to make the application portfolio perform well on computers
with millions of processing cores in a few years. Selected examples from seismic processing,
seismic inversion, reservoir simulation and quantum chemistry demonstrate just how formidable


Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology