Interview: John Gustafson on the Evolution of Supercomputing

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In this MacObserver podcast, John Martellaro discusses the evolution of HPC with John Gustafson, Visiting Professor at NUS in Singapore.

“Known by many as the father of Gustafson’s Law, Dr. John Gustafson is a professor of computer science, now at The National University of Singapore. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied mathematics from Iowa State University and also specializes in high performance computing. He’s worked at Sun Labs, Clearspeed Technology, Massively Parallel Technology, Intel, and AMD. At an early age, he was fascinated by chemistry and also had a good sized electronics lab in his basement (thanks to indulgent parents). But by the time he started his undergraduate degree at Cal Tech, he’d settled on applied mathematics with physics as a second major. It was at Cal Tech where he met and was influenced by the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Richard Feynman. Listen in as John describes his career arc and offers some great advice for young scientists just getting started.”

John Gustafson will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Perth HPC Advisory Council Conference, which takes place July 31 – August 1 in Australia.

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