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June 6, 2019 – The Times They Are a-Changin’: The Evolution of Research Computing at the San Diego Supercomputer Center – Ron Hawkins

Towards Big Data Analytics and the Convergence of AI and High Performance Computing

Established in 1985 as one of the original supercomputer centers funded by the National Science Foundation, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has been an integral part of the supercomputing landscape for almost 35 years. SDSC has been there from the early days of purpose-built supercomputers to the era of “commodity clusters” to the recent trend in heterogeneous architectures (CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs). Along the way, there has been a shift in focus from massively parallel modeling & simulation to big data analytics and the convergence of AI and High Performance Computing. Join us for history, highlighted developments, trends in supercomputing for science, and a review of how SDSC collaborates with industry to benefit both science and commerce.

Ron Hawkins will draw from his 30 years of combined experience as a tech industry executive and academic professional.

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Ron Hawkins is the Director of Industry Relations at the University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he is responsible for developing industry partnerships and research collaborations in high performance computing and big data. Mr. Hawkins is a technology industry veteran, having held VP-level management, engineering, and product development positions at companies such as Sony and SAIC. Mr. Hawkins’ technology background and interests include high performance and cloud computing, data-intensive systems, big data analytics, microelectronics, and embedded and real-time systems. Mr. Hawkins is a consultant or advisor to early stage technology companies and is active on several HPC and big data committees. He received a Master of Information Systems degree from Virginia Tech and the BSEE degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.