Supercomputers: What are they, what are they used for and what are their limits

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Txomin Romero
Director of the Supercomputing Center of DIPC
Ernest Lluch KE
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Supercomputers: What are they, what are they used for and what are their limits
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The director of the Supercomputing Center of DIPC, Txomin Romero, will explain in this talk what supercomputers are, different cases of their use in materials science, astronomy, computing, among others. He will also discuss about their limits, presenting problem cases that they are not yet capable of solving, and of those that they may never be able to solve.

About the speaker

Txomin Romero is the director of the Supercomputing Center of the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), the most powerful supercomputing center in the Basque Country and one of the most powerful in Spain. He obtained a degree and a PhD in computer engineering at the UPV/EHU on Artificial Intelligence and has more than 20 years of experience in supercomputing and its infrastructures. After working at the UPV/EHU as a computer engineer for 12 years, he joined the DIPC in 2002 to create from scratch the Supercomputing Center that currently serves all researchers in the Basque Country.

Currently, Txomin Romero combines the direction of the Supercomputing Center with academia: he teaches High Performance Computing in a master's degree in biomedical engineering, researches on a type of AI algorithms called Distribution Estimation Algorithms, and collaborates with different centers, such as the Faculty of Computer Science of San Sebastian or the International University of La Rioja, in the search for new challenges for classical supercomputing or quantum computing.