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November 4th, 2016 4:30 PM   to   8:00 PM

Arthur J. Lembo, PhD - Associate Professor and Technical Director, ESRGC Salisbury University,  Maryland, USA

Title: Exploring the potential of using your teenager's gaming computer as a high performance computing (HPC) GIS workstation

As a result of the computer-gaming industry's relentless demand for increased speed, low-cost graphics cards and multi-processor architectures have allowed the average desktop to become supercomputers in themselves through the addition of massively parallel processing architectures.  Although these architectures were originally designed for “gamers,” the massively parallel processing streams are also available for non-gaming use, such as GIS.  Parallel techniques in desktop GIS is relatively new and almost nonexistent in the field of GIScience. This presentation will provide an overview of the techniques available to GIS users and will discuss the benefits and limitations of each approach.  The approaches include both parallel solutions using multi-core processors and graphical processing units (GPUs).  


As usual, the event is followed by GeoDrinks in the Teviot Library bar (EH8 9AJ) at 5.45. All are welcome, even if they cannot attend the seminar, but note that access to the bar is restricted from 6pm so please make contact in advance if you plan to join us after that time.

No booking is required for this event and it is free to attend.


Aim of the Series

The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host this seminar series, presenting topics in the broad areas of geographical information and remote sensing, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory. This prestigious series combines research seminars with talks of professional interest and is open to students and staff across the University and beyond, together with professionals in the field working in Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. Supported by the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland (AGI Scotland) as a professional seminar series, it aims to be inclusive and broad-ranging. Talks are timed for the late afternoon to bring a social dimension.

These seminars also represent an important networking opportunity, with a growing audience comprising some of the key players in the Scottish geographical information industry. Talks are followed by AGI GeoDrinks which take place in the Teviot Library Bar allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Our typical audience numbers 40-60 and combines staff and students from GeoSciences, Informatics and other Schools within the university, with professional colleagues from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, EDINA, Registers for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest Research and several SMEs from across Central Scotland and beyond.


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