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March 5, 2007

Purdue site for industry workshop on high-performance computing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - High-performance computing, a staple of university research, is increasingly being used by private industry in a variety of fields.

To help boost this transition, Purdue University's Computing Research Institute is sponsoring the HPC Workshop on March 19-20 at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship on the West Lafayette campus.

The workshop is free, and registration information and the workshop schedule is available online at

Rudolf Eigenmann, a professor of electrical and computing engineering and interim director of the Computing Research Institute, says high-performance computing, which is sometimes known as supercomputing, is now used by all areas of engineering.

"We'll have a mix of companies already using HPC and those that are just beginning," he said.

High-performance computing is used in a variety of tasks, including aircraft and automotive design, oil exploration and extraction, catalyst design, electric power grid management, and drug design.

"High-performance computing can give a competitive advantage to companies that can harness its potential," Eigenmann said.

Conference sessions will include:

* "High-Performance Computing, Innovation and Accelerating Discovery." Tilak Agerwala, vice president for systems, IBM Research Division.

* "Multi-Core Processors: The Dream of Infinite Processing Power or the Nightmare of Reality." Steve Kirsch, senior research fellow, Raytheon Sensors & Electrical Systems Co.

* High-Performance Computing Going Mainstream." Eigenmann.

* "Examples of High-Performance Computing in Aerospace Engineering." Tasos Lyrintzis, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

* "Pharmaceutical Informatics and a Pathway to Personalized Medicines in the Peta-Scale Era." Sangtae Kim, Purdue's Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Faisal Saied, senior research scientist for Information Technology at Purdue, says new multi-core processor computers will bring high-performance computing capability to more companies.

"Everything changes with this, and the number of processors on a chip will grow from year to year," Saied said. "This is a major new development in computing, and we both want to show people what we know about using multi-core computers and to learn more from private industry about what their computing needs are."

Writer: Steve Tally, (765) 494-9809,

Sources: Rudolf Eigenmann, (765) 494-1741,

Faisal Saied, (765) 494-1583,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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