Experts Weigh in on the Game-Changing Nature of Exascale Computing

A social network and blogging platform called Built In has published a Q&A by writer Mae Rice concerning how exascale, the next goal in the quest for greater computing power, will affect the future. The post features the perspectives of three subject-matter experts: Lori Diachin, deputy associate director for science and technology in the Computing Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and deputy director of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project; Bobby Kathuri, a neuroscience researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and an assistant professor in neurobiology at the University of Chicago; and Justin Whitt, project director for DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Q&A addresses what drew these experts to high-performance computing, what exascale computing can achieve that current supercomputers can’t, how exascale computing differs from using a laptop, the hardware challenges posed by exascale, the power requirements for an exascale system, and potential drawbacks to exascale computing.

Built In, started in Chicago, describes itself as a place for technical professionals to learn about the tech industry, build connections at events, and carve out futures at companies they believe in.

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