IBM scientist to discuss research potential of supercomputers at free session

IBM's Summit and Sierra supercomputers are two of the world's fastest supercomputers. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An IBM scientist will brief Penn State researchers on IBM supercomputers at a free learning session hosted by Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The session was originally scheduled for January, but postponed due to inclement weather.

The seminar will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 134 of the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park. A networking mixer will follow the seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Noontime Lounge.

Jaime H. Moreno, who serves as a distinguished researcher and senior manager of data centric high-performance computing at IBM Research, will be on hand to discuss IBM’s supercomputers, Summit and Sierra, which are the No. 1 and No. 2 fastest high-performance computing systems, respectively, in the world, according to Top500. These supercomputers handle research at the government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Researchers around the world are using Sierra and Summit, which are designed to handle artificial intelligence and deep-learning tasks, to explore deep space, uncover the genetics of cancer, and assist with hundreds of other cutting-edge research initiatives. Summit, for example, has 200 petaflops of processing power, and can sift through thousands of variables and create models and simulations that can help researchers find answers to the world’s most complex problems. It is about a million times more powerful than the fastest laptop computer.

Moreno holds 17 patents in processor architecture, has been recognized as a master inventor at IBM Research, and is member of the IBM Academy of Technology. In addition to multiple publications in journals and conferences, he also is the co-author of two books about computing and data science.

The event will also be streamed live online via Zoom.

Additional information, including how to register, is available at the event page.

Last Updated June 06, 2021