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June 8 Talk
Life after Langley
Supercomputing Research


Dr. Olaf O. Storaasli

Abstract

Olaf will describe Life After Langley, his 2nd career at Oak Ridge National Lab*. 
While his NASA research,the main course, focused on aerospace innovation, his 
DOE research, the dessert, widened it to Future Technology, Supercomputing & Energy.
After traveling & consulting in the US & overseas, Olaf considers Langley & ORNL
the most challenging, rewarding and best places to work in the world!

Olaf will share NASA-DOE differences: research environments, professional colleagues,
clever management, computer expertise, motivation & rewards, security, funding, age,
salary, location & local community of hi-tech innovators, a catalyst & motivator for 
all. He'll also share how ORNL recruited him from a successful NASA career just as 
he & Bob Hodson won a $25M NASA Reconfigurable Space Computer project for Langley.

With theory and experiment, supercomputers are our 3rd leg of scientific discovery. 
Experiments are costly and slow, so now discoveries often rely on supercomputers,
with accelerators performing > 90% of computations. Olaf will describe analyses 
on past, present, and future NASA and ORNL supercomputers and project future science 
and engineering discoveries possible on future ExaFLOP supercomputers (i.e ORNL's Frontier).

Our Speaker

Besides major contributions to NASTRAN, Viking Lander analysis+GCMS box redesign, 
team lead of NASA's 1st parallel computer built entirely "inhouse" at Langley, 
the Finite Element Machine, reducing Shuttle redesign from hours to seconds,
Dr. Olaf Storaasli is a supercomputer pioneer and author of several novel computation
algorithms including GPS, which won NASA Software of the Year Award. His work on
current and future high performance computing (HPC) systems harnesses accelerators
(FPGAs & GPUs) to enable science discovery (i.e. rapid solutions of large matrix
systems). Olaf earned his Engineering Ph.D. from NCSU and held postdoc Fellowships
at NTNU & Edinburgh University.

*Olaf's uncle (MIT EE) developed Calutrons with Ernest Lawrence to separate uranium 235
at Y-12 for the 1st bomb to bring Peace, end WW2 & avoid huge losses of a Japan invasion.
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