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Video: Silicon Photonics for Extreme Computing

In this video from the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Keren Bergman from Columbia University presents: Silicon Photonics for Extreme Computing – Challenges and Opportunities.

“As they confront ever more complex and data-intensive problems, scientists and researchers increasingly look to the next generation of supercomputing–the high-end segment of high-performance computing. That next generation will play out in so-called exaflop computers–machines capable of executing at least a quintillion (1E18) floating-point operations per second. Such a computer would represent a thousand-fold improvement over the current standard, the petaflop machines that first came on line in 2008. But while exaflop computers already appear on funders’ technology roadmaps, making the exaflop leap on the short timescales of those roadmaps constitutes a formidable challenge.”

Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. She was a founding member and currently serves as the inaugural Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative launched in 2014. Prof. Bergman received the B.S. from Bucknell University in 1988, and the M.S. in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1994 from M.I.T. all in Electrical Engineering. At Columbia, Prof. Bergman leads multiple cross-disciplinary programs at the intersection of computing and photonics. Her research focuses on the architectural design exploration and implementation of photonic systems that incorporate the advantages of manipulating information in the optical domain for advanced computing and data centers. Prof. Bergman is a Fellow of the OSA and IEEE.

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