Dwayne John, HPC user consultant at NICS, presented a talk on Jan. 11 on “Introduction to High Performance Computing: It’s Not Only for Computer Scientists” at the Centre for Nuclear Physics of the University of Lisbon (CFNUL: Centro de Física Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa) in Portugal.
Dwayne explained to the group that while computer scientists once dominated HPC, now all domains in science use the resources. He shared how XSEDE offers the most powerful and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world, helping national laboratories, universities and businesses use supercomputers in solving the most complex problems.
“The discussion was very alive during and at the end of Dwayne’s presentation, and people showed a high interest in the topic he presented,” said Professor Daniel Galaviz Redondo of CFNUL. “People from computational physics, condense matter, theoretical nuclear physics and mathematics were present at the seminar. A mixture of Ph.D. students, postdocs and faculty—more or less equally distributed—was present. I also believe several people from the audience got to talk and exchange contact information with Dwayne to learn more about how to perhaps have access and use Kraken and the petaflop computers housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The seminar was a success, and it certainly motivated people in our center to learn more about the resources offered by NICS.”
In November 2012, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at ORNL recognized John as one of its distinguished employees of the month.