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Beyond CMOS Technology Landscape for Future HPC Applications

The United States has a new HPC roadmap that includes the National Strategic Computing Initiative to build within the next decade exaflop (1018 floating-point operations per second) supercomputers that can analyze up to one exabyte (1018 bytes) of data. Exascale computing will address key questions of national significance and help maintain U.S. competitiveness. This talk will discuss the current state of supercomputing and future HPC roadmap in terms of innovative hardware and software technologies. Manufacturers are reaching a new phase in CMOS evolution using advanced device architectures and new fabrication processes. We may be able to reach exascale by leveraging the new generation of CMOS logic. As we prepare for exascale, we must also establish new hardware technology and related ecosystem for future HPC, even after the limits of Moore's Law is reached due to limitations imposed by fundamental physics. Although Moore's Law is slowing down, the end of Moore's Law will spur innovation and lead us to new architectures that will help us solve problems that are not solvable today.  This talk will discuss some of these exciting new possibilities that include quantum computing, cryogenic computing, silicon photonics, etc.


Dr. Neena Imam is a distinguished research scientist at the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate (CCSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, performing research in extreme-scale computing. She has also been serving as the Director of Research Collaboration for ORNL’s Computational Science’s Directorate (CCSD) for the last five years. Dr. Imam has a broad research portfolio, focusing on many HPC and data analytics topics. Example topics include HPC programming environments, high-speed networking, HPC benchmarks and test suites, HPC resource management, power-aware computing, high performance graph analytics, cryogenic computing, neuromorphic computing, quantum computing, etc.


Dr. Imam holds a Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in the same field from Case Western Reserve University and California Institute of Technology, respectively. She also served as the Science and Technology Fellow for Senator Lamar Alexander in Washington D.C. (2010-2012). Her two-year tenure as Senator Alexander’s S&T advisor provided her with valuable experience in working with the U.S. Congress and various federal agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget, DoE, DoD, NSF, NOAA, and NASA. Neena is also very involved in the local and state chapters of IEEE. She is the Vice Chair of the Region 3 Council (Tennessee) of IEEE and served as the Director for the Knoxville chapter of IEEE from 2009-2010.

Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Love Building (LOV), 353

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