Department of Physics Seminar Series: William Garrick
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 3:15pm

SB1 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served


William Garrick
Research Computing Manager and Architect
Office of Information Technologies
Portland State University

Introduction to Research Computing

Computational science is the third pillar of science, complementing theory and experiment. Research computing is the infrastructure that supports this work, facilitating computation at scale- from Excel-scale to Exascale.  From laptop to supercomputer.  This seminar will provide an overview of the full spectrum of research computing environments, the computational resources available on and off campus, and why they are important for computing at scale. We will discuss campus Linux and Windows compute servers, remote storage, database servers, high-performance computational clusters, Xsede supercomputers and science cloud resources, and commercial cloud resources.  

We will discuss the benefits and challenges of working at scale and across various operational environments. We will give an overview of the pervasive technologies that are driving the proliferation of computationally and data intensive activities across disciplines, such as Linux, GCC, python, and R, and an incredible array of open-course tools, frameworks, and publicly available models for tackling data science.  We will discuss the skills required to get started and achieve proficiency in the various computational environments.


About the speaker

William Garrick is the Research Computing Manager and Architect for the PSU Office of Information Technologies. He is technical lead and architect for high performance computing (HPC), general research computing, research database, and geospatial systems; Coordination with campus departmental and administrative units areas relating to research computing technology, security, compliance, and sustainability; and, campus outreach including user support coordination, technical consulting, and designing and presenting research computing presentation and workshops.



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