Celebrating innovation in a world of virtually unlimited compute power, one story at a time.
The Power of Plants to Pulverize Coronavirus
What if that plant on your desk could hold the key to stopping your stuffy nose? From morphine to chemotherapy drugs, plants have played a vital role in developing pharmaceuticals to treat all kinds of ailments. We talk to undercover superhero, Jerome Baudry of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, about his computational search through hundreds of thousands of chemical compounds from plants around the world, on the hunt for a therapeutic that can seek out and stop the one hindrance on all of our minds -- the coronavirus.
The Clever Coatings of Coronavirus
It’s been months since the infamous coronavirus has crept across the globe, closing schools and workplaces and changing the way we live our lives. But why is COVID-19 seemingly so good at infecting people? What makes this virus different than others? We talk to undercover superhero, Rommie Amaro of the University of California San Diego, about her discoveries through computational simulation of what the virus actually looks like, how it moves, and what that means for each of us.
How COVID-19 Spreads Indoors
Welcome to Series #2 of the Big Compute Podcast! Ever wondered how COVID-19 can spread through the air indoors? Is 6 feet apart enough distance? Do plexiglass barriers protect us? We talk to undercover superhero, Jiarong Hong of the University of Minnesota, about his discoveries from simulating the movement of aerosol particles in different indoor spaces and how it can affect our everyday lives. We also dive into his revealing research about what musical instruments may be spreading the virus more than others, including whether or not tuba concerts are worth the risk during this pandemic.
FedRAMP, GPUs and the future of Federal Agency Computing
Kevin Kelly hosts Christopher Chang, Computational Scientist and Acting HPC User Program Lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. They discuss the incredible capability of scalable high performance computing (HPC), now available securely through FedRAMP.
HPC and Diversity: Life lessons from Irene Qualters
Gabriel Broner hosts Irene Qualters to discuss her career and the evolution of HPC. Irene, an HPC pioneer, went from being a young female engineer working with Seymour Cray to become president of Cray. She then reinvented herself to work in the pharma space and then at the National Science Foundation. She was awarded the 2018 HPCwire Readers’ Award for Outstanding Leadership in HPC.
HPC and Genomics Revolutionize Medicine
Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments based on individual variations of the DNA.