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Developing Scientific Computing Capabilities for the Workforce of Tomorrow

Speaker: 
Dr. Suranga Edirisinghe
Affiliation: 
Georgia State University
Time: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center East, room 217

Multicore programming is an essential tool to harvest the full power of modern processors. Almost all modern processors, even the ones in cellular phones, have multiple computing cores. I will explore the current technology landscape and discuss challenges that need to be overcome to achieve exascale computing by the year 2020. I will discuss resources available to the GSU community at the local and national level as well as how to select the correct resource for your problem.

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Suranga Edirisinghe obtained his B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from GSU. During his doctorate studies he specialized in soft condensed matter physics, with special emphasis on charge transfer properties of flexible biological molecules, such as DNA. After completing his Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Edirisinghe spent two years in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington as a postdoctoral research associate. His research then focused on how self-assembling small molecules can be used to fabricate nanoscale circuits. During this period, he specialized in molecular dynamics simulations, ab inito electronic structure calculation, and Green’s function-based transport theory. At the end of 2012 he moved back to GSU and currently works as the High Performance Computing Facilitator at Research Solutions. He specializes in numerical methods, high performance-scalable parallel and distributed computing, performance optimization of numerical simulations, and data intensive computing. He is a member of the XSEDE service provider forum and the XSEDE campus champion. He also serves as a mentor for three XSEDE student campus champions at GSU.