The goals of the Stanford Earth Sciences Algorithms and Architectures Initiative (SESAAI) are to:
High performance computing has entered a period of rapid change. The emergence of multi-core and many-core architectures, along with the increasing competitiveness of hardware accelerators such as General Purpose Graphical Processing Units (GPGPU) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), present opportunities of rapid cost and performance gains.
However, it also creates great uncertainty on which, among all the possible modern HPC architectures, best fits the computational needs of Earth Sciences. Furthermore, taking full advantage of these architectures will require more than simple adaptation of existing algorithms to new hardware; it will require the design of new numerical algorithms and the development of new programming models that enable fast and efficient implementation.
In the past few years, the Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) has been successful in exploring the opportunities and challenges introduced by new architectures. It has collaborated with IT vendors by providing clear description of important industry specific methods that could be better supported by future hardware devices. CEES also has an ongoing collaboration with the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory in the Computer Sciences Department at Stanford.
Membership in the Stanford Earth Sciences Algorithms and Architectures Initiative (SESAAI) is open to any company and research organization in exchange for an annual membership fee of $20,000 per year. An Industrial Affiliate Agreement is signed by the affiliate company and Stanford University. The Affiliate Agreement is substantially the same for all members. Please read "Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Memberships" for additional information.
Members may decide to provide additional funding to support an area of ongoing research of particular interest. All research results arising from the use of this additional funding will be shared by all program members and the general public.
If you need more details about SESAAI, please contact Bob Clapp.
We are currently looking for one to two post docs.