Visualizing the Future


Visualization 2006, the premier forum for visualization advances in science and engineering, wrapped up today in Baltimore. The schedule featured lots of Tutorials, Panels and Demos. Lifehacker put together a Top Ten (non-Google) Map Innovations.

SuperComputer06, the premier international conference on high performance computing, will convene next week in Tampa, Florida (overview, schedule, speakers and research exhibits).

IBM’s Roadrunner, expected to be the world’s first Petaflops machine, takes a conventional Linux cluster, built on Opteron chips, and appends the Cell processor to it. Grid Computing is heavily featured. The Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) is a NIH initiative to provide a grid of supercomputers for distributed collaborations in biomedical science. Grid portals and Projects are growing.

The National Science Foundation announced the Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC, pronounced “shreck”) is scheduled to become operational in January of 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. It’s a new national center and consortium for fundamental research in reconfigurable computing.

It’s the nation’s first multidisciplinary research center in reconfigurable high-performance, a collaboration between industry, academe, and government. Field-programmable hardware will be applied to supercomputers as well as high-performance embedded systems.

HPC Wire, a high performance computing magazine, asked Dr. Alan George, CHREC director, to explain the significance of the new center.

Although a relatively new field, reconfigurable computing (RC) has come to the forefront as an important processing paradigm for HPC, often in concert with conventional microprocessor-based computing. With RC, the full potential of underlying electronics in a system may be better realized in an adaptive manner.

Since this is a political year, I wonder how come neither of the candidates for Governor in my state made a supercomputer pitch.

If I were running for Governor, I’d offer Dan Reed (left) a $1 Million a year salary to jump from directing the Renaissance Computing Institute at Chapel Hill to become the director of a supercomputer research project in Oregon.

Reed is a member of the NSF Center for Grid Applications, the DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC), serves on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), and the Biomedical Informatics Expert Panel for NIH. He was principal investigator and chief architect for the NSF’s TeraGrid project, and developed an earthquake monitoring application. His Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) has developed a TeraGrid Bioportal that brings together more than 100 applications and many standard biological data sets. Gridtoday has more on TeraGrid 2

I’d give Reed a blank check to develop a world class biomedical/nanotech research center. The centerpiece of this collaborative, high-tech thrust would be an Oceanographic visualization center, located next to the Portland Tram. The Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation is a virtual lab utilizing NEESforge open source software. Software like Adobe Soundbooth can extract specific sounds.

This collabortive effort would be lead by Cherri Pancake, David Meyer and Jane Lubchenco. The challenge; save us from a Tsunami, understand Ocean dynamics and figure out what’s going on with the fish. Let’s get Justin Rattner on this.

Is that asking too much? Politics is just like football.

Only we’re the ball.

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