Lattice QCD and the Pursuit of the Teraflop

Speaker: Gregory Kilcup, The Ohio State University
Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Supercomputer Center, Room 405

Jointly sponsored by: Ohio Supercomputer Center and The Ohio State University Research Foundation


Dr. Kilcup received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale and Harvard respectively, and did postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell and Brown before joining the OSU physics faculty in 1990. He has been named a Presidential Young Investigator by the NSF, and an Outstanding Junior Investigator by the DOE.


A significant fraction of the available time on parallel supercomputers is being spent on solving problems in the quantum field theory which describes the strong interactions, quantum chromodynamics (QCD). In this talk I will give some background and motivation for these calculations, and describe some current work, including calculations being done on the T3D at OSC. I will also discuss a project in which a small group of physicists is building its own massively parallel engine. A 100 Gflop prototype will be running this winter, and the full teraflop machine may be built next year.