Dr. William Pulleyblank (from USMA, West Point), "Mathematics, Algorithms, and Big Computers"
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Jorge Gonzalez, x3724, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many areas of science are undergoing major transformations, becoming critically dependent on computer simulation and data analysis. In part, this is because we continually encounter problems much larger and more complex than in the past and in part because computers performance continues to increase exponentially, as it has for the last fifty years. This transformation is made possible by new mathematical ideas that enable us to address new types of problems and to exploit these new types of supercomputers, which have hundreds of thousands of processors. Some of the fields of mathematics that are enabling these advances are discrete and continuous optimization and simulation, optimal network design and methods for the creation of ultra-reliable systems. This is affecting application areas such as weather and climate modeling, biology and life sciences and understanding the properties of social networks.