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CRPC SHOWCASES RESEARCH APPLICATIONS AT TECHNOLOGY 2005
CRPC researchers and staff members showed how parallel computation can be productively applied in a multitude of industries at the recent Technology 2005 Exhibit and Conference, held October 24-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place East. Sponsored by NASA, NASA Tech Briefs magazine, and the Technology Utilization Foundation in cooperation with the Federal Lab Consortium, the exposition attracted 200 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees interested in the research, application, and transfer of advanced technology.
Working from a 10- by 20-foot booth in the busy 60,000 square-foot exhibit hall, 11 representatives from CRPC sites discussed and demonstrated how parallel computation can be applied in fields like energy, environmental remediation, aerospace, manufacturing, microelectronics, medicine, and others.
Representatives from government, industry, and educational and research institutions attended CRPC demonstrations and videos that included the following technologies: ADIFOR 2.0, the Parallel Direct Search Code, prototypes of the services WebFoil and Webwork using the new Web techologies Perl and Java, the use of parallel computation to refine and expedite reservoir and groundwater contamination modeling, and the use of Particle-in-Cell techniques for the simulation of the solar wind termination shock. In one entertaining video, Rice University research scientist Chuck Koelbel used his juggling act to clarify key concepts in parallel computation.
The CRPC's participation in Technology 2005 and other science and techology exhibitions is part of the center's far-reaching knowledge transfer program that includes workshops and symposia, visitor programs, and the dissemination of software, online information, and publications.
CRPC research scientist Chuck Koelbel of Rice University uses his juggling act to illustrate the concepts of parallel computation to "Spend a Summer with a Scientist" student Kiana Matthews. His act was incorporated into an instructional video shown at the CRPC exhibit booth at the Technology 2005 Exhibit and Conference. The video will also be featured at the SUPERCOMPUTING '95 CRPC booth.
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