Computational Science lectures are open to the public and are held at the Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City. Tea is served prior to each lecture.
We are drawn to the new, the unusual, the unexpected: what we could not predict on the basis of what came before. As vast archives of our cultural past and present go online, scientists can now break out of the laboratory to see how novelty, innovation and creativity are both made and received in the real world.
Next-generation sequencing has the power to decode DNA in a matter of hours, but doctors still diagnose infections using methods developed decades ago. This lecture will describe how scientists are using the latest sequencing technology in combination with new, very fast algorithms to sequence a complex mixture of DNA from a sick patient and, in some cases, identify the causative agent of an infection.
In this lecture, Thomas Schulthess will show how recent developments in architecture have moved us away from traditional abstractions, forcing software development and mathematical algorithms to acknowledge the physical reality of computing systems.