University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The “super” in supercomputers

Jay Boisseau, director of TACC

Jay Boisseau, director TACC

Supercomputers do work that affects our lives everyday.

Jay Boisseau, director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin, says that supercomputers have an increasing impact on society and people might not realize the impact supercomputers have on their daily lives.

Supercomputers are used to design cars, making them better, safer, more fuel efficient, as well as many other products we use; help predict the weather from daily patterns to the movements of hurricanes; and contribute to the exploration of new drugs.

Boisseau will talk more about supercomputers and their importance to Austin at The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society today (Feb. 2, 2010).

In part of his talk, Boisseau will describe how Austin has become a leader in supercomputing, how that leadership can be developed and extended, why such leadership is important to the continued growth of the city, and why people in Austin should care.

Could TACC and its stable of supercomputers drive the next round of economic development in Austin, the city built (at least in the last 25 years) on semiconductors, personal computers and software?

To find out, you’ll have to hear Boisseau’s talk. The forum starts at 5:45 with a networking reception with the talk at 6:30.

It’s at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Sponsors of the event are the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, AMD, Sun, Dell and TACC.

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