30 episodes

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

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    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

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

    A Cloud Startup Story (Part 2)

    A Cloud Startup Story (Part 2)

    More than a decade ago, a young Joris Poort stepped into a small Silicon Valley apartment for the first time, ready to make an impact on the world.  What would follow was months of rejection from investors to his big idea of how to accelerate innovation in an up-and-coming new normal of cloud high performance computing.  In this second part of a 2-part series about how Rescale began, we hear how Joris persevered through challenges, was accepted into Y Combinator, and how he landed his first check, ultimately launching the business – and vision – he had for the world.

    • 58 min
    A Cloud Startup Story (Part 1)

    A Cloud Startup Story (Part 1)

    Amazon started as a bookseller.  BloomNation was founded with money won in a Poker tournament.  The creator of Paul Mitchell hair products was homeless before starting the company with a friend for $700.  Each product or service we use on a daily basis has a unique startup story behind it.  In this episode, we hear from Joris Poort, founder and CEO of cloud high performance computing company, Rescale, about what led him to quit his job at Boeing to start a tech company.  From his birth in the Netherlands to finding himself surrounded by consultants at Harvard Business School – Joris’s story is proof that it takes a special kind of person with a special kind of vision to create a business that pushes innovation to the next level.

    • 58 min
    How to Tell Your Family About HPC

    How to Tell Your Family About HPC

    For those working with high performance computing in any capacity, sometimes talking about it with your family can be a little… confusing.  And with the holiday season upon us, many of us will undoubtedly be asked by well-meaning family members, “What’s going on with work?”  So today, we figured – Rather than bore the non-technical with technical jargon, why not just talk about some of the awesome ways high performance computing is changing the world?  In this episode, we revisit the 2020 Big Compute conference talk by Barry Bolding of AWS about just that – how HPC makes our lives better.  So when you’re sipping eggnog with the family and the question of work comes up, you can brighten their eyes instead of put them to sleep.

    • 55 min
    Protecting Football Players’ Brains

    Protecting Football Players’ Brains

    It hasn’t even been two decades since the discovery was made -- Small repetitive hits to the head over time accumulated in football games and practices can build up into something significant and scary:  chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.  But with no sign that American football is going away anytime soon, the question remains of what can be done to better protect players against life-altering injuries like this?  In today’s episode, Jolie and Ernest speak to Tate Fonville of Liberty University about a new approach to designing a football helmet that is more likely to protect against damage to the brain -- by using computational simulation.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    At the Heart of Simulation (Part 2)

    At the Heart of Simulation (Part 2)

    In the last episode, we were introduced to Tom -- a man who was flung into a medical twilight zone of heart issues and the procedures to fix them.  In this continuation of the story, meet Steve Kreuzer -- an engineer from Exponent who specializes in assisting in the development of the very kind of technology that saved Tom’s life.  Steve walks us through just what kind of technology it takes to create these life-saving devices, and how much more complex it is when you’re trying to predict how these devices will interact with human tissue. 

    • 46 min
    At the Heart of Simulation (Part 1)

    At the Heart of Simulation (Part 1)

    Tom was a healthy, athletic man in his 50s when he was suddenly struck with an unexpected heart issue -- One that hundreds of thousands of people experience each year.  And that one incident spiraled into a series of events that would dramatically alter the course of Tom’s life -- but at least he still had a life to live.  Had it been only a couple decades earlier, Tom's story may not have continued at all.  But thanks to a new medical device born out of computational engineering, thousands of people like Tom are still walking around us every day, and that number is only going to increase over time.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

CAECowboy ,

Makes learning the complex fun

These episodes fun, information-packed, and less than an hour. Makes it easy to learn about relevant and complex topics. Good mix of personalities so it’s more entertaining than your average tech-dense podcast.

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.

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