The 2009 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS 2009)
June 21 - 24, 2009, Leipzig, Germany

TUESDAY PLENARY SPEECH

 High Performance Computing and Stochastic Simulations for Life Sciences

 David Hill
University Vice President and Director of the Inter-University Computing Center (CIRI)
Blaise Pascal University
France

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this talk is to present the challenges for High Performance Computing in the context of Life Sciences simulation with stochastic approaches.  The first part will give a short presentation dealing with the differences between various paradigms: Grid Computing, Internet Computing and Cloud Computing, Peer-To-Peer, Cluster Computing, Meta Computing and Parasitic computing.  Then, in a second part, the focus will be given to the distribution of stochastic applications and to the distribution of simulation experiments (whether stochastic or not).  Different techniques in use to distribute random numbers will be presented as well as future research directions.  A highlight will be given to optimization techniques and real applications on ecological modelling and medical projects will be presented.  The case of successful large scale simulations and data challenges on the EGEE Grid will also be exposed.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Professor David Hill is currently Vice President of Blaise Pascal University in charge of ICT.  He is also director of the Inter-University Computing Center (CIRI).  From August 2005 to August 2007, he was deputy director of ISIMA Computer Science & Modeling Institute (French Grande Ecole d'Ingénieur) where he managed various departments before 2005.  Professor Hill joined ISIMA in 1993 as Associate Professor.  He received his French qualification as Research Director in 2000 and the Doctor degree in 1993 (in Object-Oriented Software Engineering and Simulation) all from Blaise Pascal University.  David Hill has authored or co-authored more than a hundred technical papers and he has also published text books.  More information is available at http://www.isima.fr/hill/