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Lunch & Learn – March 2020
Computing for the Endless Frontier – How TACC Supports Breakthrough Science

26 March 2020

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The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) deployed a new system in 2019, called Frontera, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, as the first phase of the new NSF “Towards a Leadership Class Computing Facility” program. At #5 in the world, Frontera is the fastest system at any university in the world. This talk will provide a brief overview of the current landscape of systems at TACC, how they are used, and how usage is changing, with a quick review of the new system and the broader project that surrounds it. We will also touch on TACC’s efforts to provide effective Education and Workforce Development services to industry partners, to better prepare students for careers in a host of different industries, including oil & gas.


Speaker Bio:

Melyssa Fratkin
Industrial Programs Director. Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin

Melyssa Fratkin is the Industrial Programs Director at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she oversees TACC’s corporate partnerships and government relations activities. Melyssa focuses on developing and managing strong relationships between industry and academia with the Science & Technology Affiliates for Research (STAR) program. Ms. Fratkin is the founding co-chair of Texas Women in HPC, an organization aimed at supporting women and minorities in high performance computing in industry, academia and government across the state of Texas, by engaging in initiatives to raise awareness and broaden diversity in HPC. She also currently serves as Communications Chair for the International Conference for High Performance Computing Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC20) and as Communications Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in High Performance Computing (SIGHPC). Melyssa received a BA from Rutgers University and MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.



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