Over at International Science Grid this Week, Nages Sieslack interviews Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein, who will keynote ISC’13 on Fooling the Masses with Performance Results: Old Classics & Some New Ideas. As a professor for computer science, Wellein teaches HPC at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and also leads the HPC group at the Erlangen Regional Computing Center, where he fulfils his passion for solving large, sparse eigenvalue problems.
Young people need to understand that supercomputing is not just a single specific field. They need to be interested in various aspects of the business, for example, the hardware, software layers, the application codes, numerical methods and finally the problem itself. This sounds complicated and exhaustive, but this is also a lot of fun and kind of ensures that working with supercomputers will never be boring. It also leads you to a career that allows you to meet many people, often from completely different backgrounds – which I personally find very exciting still today.
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