Council on Academic Computing
Center for Molecular and Materials Simulations
Ken Jordan, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and
Director of the Center
for Molecular and Materials Simulations (CMMS), discussed the future of
high-performance computing at the
Several challenges confront users of CMMS’ facilities. Many of the grand-challenge computational problems involve many orders of magnitude in length or time. Most current computational methods can handle only very narrow ranges of space and time. The University must educate its students in “multiscale’ modeling, which incorporates different levels of activity and different time scales, into the same model. It also is crucial for Pitt to be in the forefront in areas such as grid computing and parallel computing.
Ms. Walton updated the Council on development of the Enterprise Exchange service. Many University units manage their own Exchange servers. Enterprise Exchange is centrally administered, so it is more cost-effective for the University and individual units. Upgrades are more easily integrated system-wide, and security is more easily maintained. However, the service can be tailored to the needs of individual units. Approximately 30 University units use Enterprise Exchange.
Ms. Walton also discussed:
· the spam and virus filters
· Love Your Computer Week
· daylight savings time
Members of the Council discussed several other issues: