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Chief Architect of the IBM BlueGene/L Supercomputer to speak on campus

Dr. Al Gara, the Chief Architect of the IBM BlueGene/L Supercomputer, will speak on campus Wednesday, October 18.

The first opportunity to hear Gara speak is at a breakfast meeting at the UTC University Center, 2nd floor, Chickamauga Room at 8 a.m. Reservation deadline is Friday, October 13th and should be made by contacting Kelley Evatt at the Chattanooga Technology Council.

The second opportunity is a talk that Gara will be giving at the SimCenter at 11 a.m. Email Paula Klintworth to reserve a spot.

Gara was named an IBM Fellow, the highest award for an IBM technologist. His design achieved the top spot in three consecutive TOP 500 lists for supercomputing power. IBM BlueGene/L was lauded for its performance, and innovative architecture that consumes much less power than other supercomputers, the design uses common components to simplify manufacturing, installation, use and maintenance.

Gara will talk about the architecture and design of the BlueGene/L system as well as the future BlueGene/P project. He will be joined by Dr. Henry McDonald, UTC 21st Century Chair of Excellence and Director of the UT SimCenter at Chattanooga, who will represent the viewpoint of HPC related to computational fluid dynamics and other emerging fields. Also, Mr. Neal Bell, a senior member of the staff at UnumProvident, will be representing the commercial aspects of HPC for line businesses such as insurance.

UTC’s partners in this activity are IBM, The Riverbend Technology Institute and the Chattanooga Technology Council.

October 12, 2006

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