In a span of 15 years, advanced computing moved from the "terascale" (systems capable of performing one trillion operations a second) to the "petascale" (systems capable of performing one quadrillion operations a second) — a 1,000 times speed-up in performance. Scientists and engineers are now discussing the best way to achieve exascale computing, another thousandfold increase over the petascale era, which came into being in 2008.
Exascale computing will eventually impact all scientific and engineering applications. But what will the impact of 'exascale and beyond' computing look like? The answer will depend in large part on the creativity of scientific and technological innovators.
We asked members of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) to share their thoughts on what computing (terascale, petascale, exascale) means to them and their field. These individuals include Nobel Laureates and researchers elected to the National Academy of Sciences — they represent the top scientific and academic minds in Texas. Learn more about each of their views on advanced computing.
Regental Professor and Director, Center for Genetics of Host Defense, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Distinguished Service Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Regental Professor, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Memorial Chair Emeritus, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, ICES, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, The University of North Texas
William J. Murray, Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; Director, Center for Space Research, The University of Texas at Austin
Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
January 30, 2013
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