The New Era of Cognitive Supercomputing

Friday, 13 February 2015: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room 210CD (San Jose Convention Center)
Jeffrey J. Welser, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
Big Data will drive Big HPC and Complex Analytics. Supercomputers of the future will need to: (1) Quantify the uncertainty associated with the behavior of complex systems-of-systems (e.g. hurricanes, nuclear disaster, seismic exploration, engineering design) and thereby predict outcomes (e.g. impact of intervention actions, business implications of design choices); (2) Learn and refine underlying models based on constant monitoring and past outcomes; and (3) Provide real-time interactive visualization and accommodate “what if” questions in real-time. This will require an evolution in algorithm and system design, as well as even chip architectures to manage the power-performance trade-offs needed to attain a new era of Cognitive Supercomputing.