[hcs-d] D. E. Shaw Research Information Session -- October 6, 2016
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Fri Sep 30 17:03:53 EDT 2016
*D. E. Shaw Research Information Session*
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Pierce Hall, Room 209
*Food will be served!*
*About The Talk*
D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research laboratory that conducts
basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under
the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David E. Shaw. Our group is
currently focusing on molecular simulations involving proteins and other
biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and
a pharmaceutical perspective, with the ultimate aim of significantly
advancing the process of drug development. Members of the lab include
computational chemists and biologists, computer scientists and applied
mathematicians, and computer architects and engineers of all seniority
levels, all working collaboratively within a tightly coupled
interdisciplinary research environment.
Our lab has designed and developed multiple generations of a massively
parallel supercomputer called Anton specifically for the execution of
molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Each Anton computer can simulate a
single MD trajectory as much as several milliseconds or so in duration -- a
timescale at which biologically significant phenomena occur. Anton has
already generated the world’s longest MD trajectory.
Join us for an overview of our work on parallel algorithms and machine
architectures for high-speed MD simulations and a description of the
simulations that have helped elucidate the dynamics and functional
mechanisms of biologically important proteins.
*About The Speakers*
John Salmon is involved in algorithm design, software development, and
computer architecture for Anton. He received a Ph.D. in physics from
Caltech, an M.S. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley,
and dual S.B. degrees from MIT, one in electrical engineering and computer
science and one in physics. He came to DESRES from Cable & Wireless, where,
as a Senior Software Architect, he worked on delivering web content from a
network of thousands of machines on six continents. Prior to working on
Internet infrastructure, John was a Senior Scientist at Caltech, working on
parallel computation and N-body simulations of the large-scale structure of
the universe, a project recognized with four Gordon Bell Prizes.
Caleb Jordan develops computational chemistry software tools, including
visualization software. Caleb graduated from Stanford University with an
M.S. and a B.S. in computer science. While obtaining his master’s degree,
Caleb worked as a software engineer for MyProject.Is, Inc.
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