NJIT Institute for Data Science to Hold Virtual Event with Gordon Bell, ‘ExaScale: More Than I Ever Imagined,’ on Oct. 6

New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Institute for Data Science is holding a virtual seminar with presenter Gordon Bell, Ph.D., Microsoft Emeritus Researcher, titled “Exascale: More than I ever imagined.”

The seminar will be hosted by David A. Bader, Distinguished Professor and Director of NJIT. The online event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. EDT.

About This Event

Computation has increased 17 orders of magnitude over the sixty years Bell has been visiting and celebrating gains in computational environments. The first “supercomputers” ran at a million ops per second and in 2021 the fastest computers operates at exa-ops or 10^18ops with gains of 10 million occurring in the last twenty-five year by exploiting parallelism. The relatively small community who have produced these gains through parallelism. Gains must be discovered at every level of the hardware and compilers to the applications and supporting algorithms. In the beginning, the challenge was to obtain enough computing resources to solve some small aspect of a scientific or engineering problem, but now the problem is really imagining the problems that can exploit these potentially infinite resource computing environments.

About the Presenter

Gordon Bell is a Microsoft Researcher Emeritus. He spent 23 years at Digital Equipment Corporation as Vice President of R&D, responsible for the first mini- and time-sharing computers and DEC’s VAX, with a 6 year sabbatical at Carnegie Mellon. In 1987, as NSF’s first, Ass’t Director for Computing (CISE), he led the National Research and Education Network panel that became the Internet. In 1987 he established the Gordon Bell Prize to recognize the extraordinary efforts to exploit modern highly parallel computers. Bell maintains three interests: computers: their evolution and use, technology-based startup companies, and lifelogging. He is a member or Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, ACM, IEEE, the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science, the Australia Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and received The 1991 National Medal of Technology. He is a founding trustee of the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Calif., and lives in San Francisco. Visit his website here.


David A. Bader
David A. Bader
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Data Science

David A. Bader is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology.