Big Picture Science - Supercomputer Showdown
Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the petaflop heap – at least for now. But Frontier and Aurora are catching up as they take aim at a new performance benchmark called exascale.
So why do we need all this processing power? From climate modeling to personalized medicine, find out why the super-est computers are necessary to answer our biggest questions. But is the dark horse candidate, quantum computing, destined to leave classical computing in the dust?
- Katherine Riley - Director of Science, Argonne National Laboratory
- Jack Wells - Director of Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory National Center for Computational Sciences
- Katie Bethea - Communications Team Lead, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Jeffrey Hawkins - Technologist and neuroscientist. Co-founder of Palm, Handspring and Numenta
- Eleanor Rieffel - Mathematician, NASA Ames Research Center, and co-author of “Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor,” published in Nature magazine
This repeat podcast originally aired on November 4, 2019
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