Date Dec. 4, 2009
Speaker Eng Lim Goh (SGI - Silicon Graphics International)
Topic Petascale Application:
"When Processors Spend More Time Talking Than Working"

Our industry has moved from the era of regular clock speed improvements to the new many-core era. This is a fundamental enough change that even consumer PC users and applications will need to adapt. This talk focuses on the implications for high performance computing and in particular on how general-purpose petascale to exascale applications can be achieved productively within the next decade.

Overall application examples elaborated in this talk include:

  • Space: from star formation to black hole evaporation
  • Our Earth: from simulation of Climate, Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake to Tsunami
  • Green Technologies: from fuel cell, wind turbine to "Fusion for Energy" reactor design
  • Engineering: from jetliner, Formula 1 car to high-tech swimsuit design
  • Entertainment: from movies to television
  • The Web: from Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google to Microsoft
Biography Dr. Eng Lim Goh joined SGI in 1989, becoming a chief engineer in 1998 and chief technology officer in 2001. He oversees Project Ultraviolet; with the goal to develop the next generation computer architecture for the new many-core era. Correspondingly, he also works on solutions to massively parallel rendering. Between these two efforts, he has been granted four U.S. patents. In 2005, the IDG publication, InfoWorld, named Dr. Goh one of World's 25 most influential CTOs. That same year, he was also included in the HPCwire list of "15 People to Watch." In 2007, he was named "Champions 2.0" of the industry by BioIT World magazine, and received the HPC Community Recognition Award from HPCwire. Before joining SGI, Dr. Goh worked for Intergraph Systems, Schlumberger Wireline and Shell Research. A Shell Cambridge University Scholar, he completed his Ph.D. research and dissertation on parallel architectures and computer graphics. He also holds a first-class honors degree in mechanical engineering from Birmingham University, U.K.



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