Tucked away in a closet in Midwestern
State University’s Bolin Science Hall is a black machine whose only outward
adornment is a few blinking lights. It may be unremarkable to look at but it’s
a powerful piece of equipment and the computer science department wants to
share. The supercomputer nicknamed Turing (after Alan Turing, considered the
father of modern computing) has been a cutting-edge addition for teaching
students to be programmers of tomorrow. Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Eduardo Colmenares says that other departments could put Turing to work
also. Colmenares will introduce Turing’s capabilities to the MSU community
during the next Faculty Forum presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in
Legacy Hall’s Multipurpose Room.
In his talk, “Bringing High
Performance Computing Awareness to the MSU community,” Colmenares will explain
how working with Turing has not only given students valuable experience and high-demand
skills to prepare them for careers in industry and research and development, but
that it can be of benefit to other departments with its computational analysis
and modeling capabilities.
Dr. Ranette Halverson, chair
of computer science, hopes that other departments will bring work for Turing to
do. “Turing can process massive quantities of data rapidly, so it is
particularly applicable for processing all types of scientific data including
oil and gas, bio-medical, and simulations,” she said.
Turing’s capabilities include
a variety of multidisciplinary projects and research including analyzing
techniques that improve the total execution time of a task, such as molecular
dynamics modeling that simulates the movements of atoms and molecules in
protein folding; and analyzing complex data, including applications for genome
sequences, computational finance, fluid dynamics, and machine learning.
For the February Faculty
Forum, presenters Kirsten Lodge and John Schulze are assigning homework to
those who plan to attend. In their presentation, “Core Text Pedagogy: Its
Significance and Methodology,” they want to show how a text can be used in the
academic core, so they are encouraging attendees to have read Euripides’ Medea before the forum. Their talk will
be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Legacy Hall’s Multipurpose Room.
Lodge is associate professor
of humanities and English and humanities program coordinator, and Schulze is
assistant professor of English.
Faculty Forum is a monthly
showcase for the research and creative endeavors of the Midwestern State
University faculty. It is an opportunity for the campus and Wichita Falls
communities to learn, engage, and sometimes discuss the novel ideas and
explorations of the talented individuals who teach, discover, and create at
MSU. Admission is free and open to all.