Today we’ll be talking with Dr. Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on calculating black-hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to boost U.S. computing power — which in turn led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to Web browsers. His research is multifaceted and has drawn much attention and a number of awards, inclyding most recently the Golden Goose Award, which we’ll touch on today.
Dr. Smarr is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
The real emphasis of our conversation with Dr. Larry Smarr will focus on emerging supercomputing technologies — the hardware and software challenges that lie ahead. To Smarr, these look much more like brain-inspired computing and will require a complete evolution in how we think about computing at all layers of the stack.