Economic Impact from Industrial Use of HPC
Speaker: Dr Merle Giles
University of Queensland: Time: 9.00 - 10.00am Seminar Room 505A/B, Axon Building (#47), St Lucia Campus. Enquiries: Fran Moore email@example.com (Research Computing Centre)
Monash University: Time: 9.00 - 10.00am Seminar Room G12A, Building 26, Clayton Campus. Enquiries: Caitlin Slattery (Faculty of IT)
HPC-enabled innovation goes beyond discovery science and focuses on impact. Impact-driven science and engineering is a broader engagement that requires deep understanding of macro and microeconomics. NCSA is a world leader in HPC-enabled innovation with experience in manufacturing, oil & gas, life sciences, ITC, and agriculture sectors through its Private Sector Program. PSP’s Director Merle Giles is co-editor of a new book: Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices, which describes these macro and micro aspects of economic impact.
Merle Giles is Director of Private Sector Programs and Economic Impact at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NCSA is one of the five original centers in the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program, opening its doors in 1986.
Giles is a tireless advocate of HPC’s role as an accelerator to industrial innovation and was recognized by HPCwire as a ‘Person to Watch’ in 2015. His NCSA team won HPCwire Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice awards in 2014 for collaborative technical achievements in HPC. In recent years his Private Sector Program has partnered with nearly 60% of the manufacturers in the U.S. FORTUNE100®, as well as with bio-medical, chemical, tech, oil and gas, and agriculture companies. He and his corporate partners are founding members of two national digital manufacturing consortia: NDEMC (National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium), a $5 million public-private partnership pilot serving small and medium manufacturers in the American Midwest, and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute), a $320 million partnership announced in 2014 as one of the USA's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes.
Giles is a co-founder of the International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop, which has HPC center members from around the globe that serve industry, and a steering committee member of IDC’s HPC User Forum. He is co-editor of a newly published book titled ‘Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices’, offering a global overview of HPC industrial impact with contributions from eleven countries. He earned an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and undergraduate degrees in accounting and business from Illinois State University.
Slides: Economic Impact from Industrial use of HPC (6.3 MB, PDF)