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Celebrating innovation in a world of virtually unlimited compute power, one story at a time.

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Celebrating innovation in a world of virtually unlimited compute power, one story at a time.

    How Supercomputing Touches the World(s)

    How Supercomputing Touches the World(s)

    From the case on your phone to rovers on Mars to vaccines -- supercomputers have played a role in just about everything around us.  And many of those projects have rolled through one of the biggest supercomputing centers in the world -- the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).  In this episode, we talk to undercover superhero Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC, about the many discoveries and innovations his supercomputers have had a role in, and what it’s like to oversee it all.  Whether it be Rommie Amaro’s recent COVID-19 breakthroughs or assisting emergency responders after a hurricane, Dan and the TACC are making a real difference behind the scenes of society.

    • 47 min
    Tsimulating Tsunamis

    Tsimulating Tsunamis

    In 1908, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Europe hit Southern Italy, wiping out the entire coastal town of Messina. Once the shaking had stopped, survivors thought they were safe until a massive tsunami followed minutes later. Even today, the exact cause of the tsunami is debated in the scientific community. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Lauren Schambach from the University of Rhode Island about what her computational simulations of the Messina tsunami have told her, and what that means for people living along the coastlines around the world.

    • 55 min
    The Power of Plants to Pulverize Coronavirus

    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.

    • 1 hr
    The Clever Coatings of 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.

    • 51 min
    How COVID-19 Spreads Indoors

    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.

    • 53 min
    FedRAMP, GPUs and the future of Federal Agency Computing

    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.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Skystreaker10 ,

A trifecta

A blend of radio lab, popular science, and computer science. Pretty cool

Hatethegrind ,

A must listen

I’ve found this podcast series to be highly education and entertaining. The conversations hit on real situations that impact our lives. It’s cool learning how technology is helping pave the way towards innovation.

Hamt44 ,

This new direction is awesome!

This is a unique podcast I feel like in the technology and research space. Hosts are well informed and the topics are super timely. Highly production value. Excited what they do next.

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