The Clever Coatings of Coronavirus

October 20, 2020
It’s been months since the infamous coronavirus has crept across the globe, closing schools and workplaces and changing the way we live our lives. But why is COVID-19 seemingly so good at infecting people? What makes this virus different than others? We talk to undercover superhero, Rommie Amaro of the University of California San Diego, about her discoveries through computational simulation of what the virus actually looks like, how it moves, and what that means for each of us.


How COVID-19 Spreads Indoors

September 28, 2020
Ever wondered how COVID-19 can spread through the air indoors? We talk to undercover superhero, Jiarong Hong of the University of Minnesota, about his discoveries from simulating the movement of aerosol particles in different indoor spaces and how it can affect our everyday lives. We also dive into his revealing research about what musical instruments may be spreading the virus more than others, including whether or not tuba concerts are worth the risk during this pandemic


HPC and Diversity: Life lessons from Irene Qualters

May 30, 2019
Gabriel Broner hosts Irene Qualters to discuss her career and the evolution of HPC. Irene, an HPC pioneer, went from being a young female engineer working with Seymour Cray to become president of Cray. She then reinvented herself to work in the pharma space and then at the National Science Foundation. She was awarded the 2018 HPCwire Readers’ Award for Outstanding Leadership in HPC.

HPC and Genomics Revolutionize Medicine

May 16, 2019
Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments based on individual variations of the DNA.

Quantum Computing

April 25, 2019
Gabriel Broner hosts Steve Reinhardt to discuss Quantum Computing. Listen to the conversation covering what are quantum computers, what problems can be solved orders of magnitude faster than with traditional computers, where are we today, and what the future holds.

Innovation in Antenna Design

April 11, 2019
Gabriel Broner hosts Mike Hollenbeck, founder and CTO at Optisys. Optisys is a startup that is changing the antenna industry. Using HPC in the cloud and 3D printing they are able to design customized antennas which are much smaller, lighter and higher performing than traditional antennas.

Accelerating HPC Workflows with AI

March 27, 2019
In this Big Compute Podcast episode, Gabriel Broner hosts Dave Turek, Vice President of HPC and Cognitive Systems at IBM, to discuss how AI enables the acceleration of HPC workflows. HPC has traditionally relied on simulation to represent the real world. Over the last several years AI has had significant growth due to innovation, growth in compute capacity, and new architectures that have enabled it. HPC can benefit from AI techniques. One area of opportunity is to augment what people do in preparing simulations, analyzing results and deciding what simulation to run next. Another opportunity exists when we take a step back and analyze whether we can use AI techniques instead of simulations to solve the problem. We should think about AI as increasing the toolbox HPC users have. We should learn about them and incorporate them, as in the future the separation between HPC and AI may simply not exist.

Boom Supersonic – Pushing Boundaries in Aerospace Design

March 14, 2019
Gabriel Broner interviews Josh Krall, the CTO of Boom Supersonic. Boom is designing the next generation of supersonic airliners using HPC that is entirely in the cloud, replacing the decommissioned Concorde and re-opening trans-Atlantic flights at supersonic speeds.

HPC in the Cloud for Academia

March 4, 2019
Gabriel Broner hosts Marek Michalewicz, Director of ICM, the HPC center at the University of Warsaw to discuss Rethinking HPC in Academia. With the advent of HPC cloud platforms, we may give every user access to systems on premise, across multiple centers and in the cloud, to enable new research and accelerate time to research.

New Architectures in HPC

February 26, 2019
Host Gabriel Broner interviews Mike Woodacre, HPE Fellow, to discuss the shift from CPUs to an emerging diversity of architectures. Hear about the evolution of CPUs, the advent of GPUs with increasing data parallelism, memory-driven computing, and the potential benefits of a cloud environment with access to multiple architectures.