HPCC 2008: Tim Germann

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It’s pronounced ger-men, hard g. I asked.

Tim is from Los Alamos and talked largely about his work simulating pandemic flu, and potential strategies for managing a national pandemic.

Toward the end of his talk he touched on Road Runner, the large AMD/Cell hybrid from IBM. LANL’s machine uses IBM’s recently revved Cell processors (double precision and more bandwidth). 2 dual core Opterons and 4 Cells per node. The lab powered up equipment last Friday, and Tim expects to start running on the system next week. LANL expects a PFLOPS LINPACK by “early summer.”