TUESDAY, JUNE 6
Computer scientist will tell the future of computers
Computers have come a long way
over the last couple of decades. There have been significant
advancements in scientific computing, performance and in the
technology that makes it all possible. However, Dr. Horst D. Simon,
a computer expert, believes there is great potential for
replacement of today's computer technologies.
Simon is director of the National
Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. He will present
"The Future of Computers" at a colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June
6, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
A media briefing will be held at
1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14
Langley Blvd. at NASA Langley. Media who wish to attend the
briefing should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885.
Simon will present todays
trends in scientific computing and several developing projects that
promise to deliver thousand-fold increases in performance by 2010.
He will share his views on the physical limitations of computers
and give his own predictions beyond 2025.
NERSC is funded by the Department
of Energy and is the principal supplier of production
high-performance computing services to the nationwide energy
From 1994 to 1996, Simon managed
university and research programs at the Advanced System Division of
Silicon Graphics in Mountain View, Calif. From 1987 to 1994, he
worked for Computer Sciences Corporation at NASA Ames Research
Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Simon holds a diploma in mathematics
from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and a
doctorate in mathematics from the University of California,
The public is invited to the Sigma
Series lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center that evening,
at 7:30 p.m.
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