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EECS Faculty Candidate Seminar with Dr. Michela Taufer

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Date(s) - 10/25/2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Min Kao building room 435


University of Delaware
Wednesday, October 25 at 1:30pm
Min Kao room 435


Challenges in Big Data Analytics on High Performance Computing Systems


Data analytics and data intensive workloads have become an integral part of large-scale scientific workloads. Still efforts to enable big data processing on high performance computing (HPC) platforms are in their infancy and data intensive applications are not fully taking advantage of the rapidly changing hardware and software technology landscape in HPC.

In this talk, we explore trend and opportunities when dealing with data intensive applications on the next generation HPC platforms. Specifically, we tackle problems and propose solutions to schedule scientific applications on increasingly bursty resources and transform the centralized nature of data analysis into a distributed approach that is performed in situ to supports a broad range of molecular dynamics simulations. Our proposed solutions go beyond HPC and develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.


Michela Taufer is a Professor in Computer and Information Sciences and a J.P. Morgan Case Scholar at the University of Delaware; she has a joint appointment in the Biomedical Department and the Bioinformatics Program at the same university. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) and her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or ETH (Switzerland). From 2003 to 2004 she was a La Jolla Interfaces in Science Training Program (LJIS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), where she worked on interdisciplinary projects in computer systems and computational chemistry.

Taufer’s research interests include scientific applications, multi-scale applications, numerical reproducibility, and big data analytics. She has nearly 100 publications and delivered nearly 80 talks at various conferences and research institutes. She is currently serving on the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructures (ACCI). She is a professional member of the IEEE and a distinguished scientist of the ACM.

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