Earlier Highlights (2)
In November 2001, the special-purpose computer GRAPE-6 was awarded the Gordon Bell prize for the highest performance on a actual physical problem. The calculation submitted was of a high-accuracy direction-integration simulation of a system with 1,100,000 stars. The sustained performance achieved was 11.55 Tflops on a 32-board GRAPE-6 system, with a theoretial peak speed of 32 Tflops. See our GRAPE newsletter #3, and my GRAPE page.
Also in November, a news feature on computational astrophysics appeared in Nature, vol. 414, pp. 12-14, in which our work with GRAPE-6 computers is mentioned as a distinct way to provide high speed; the accompanying photograph is of the award-winning GRAPE-6 cluster, mentioned above.
Also in November, the Danish National Research Foundation announced that they have accepted our application for the establishing of a Centre for Subjectivity Research, where I will be a Member of the Advisory Board. The centre opened in February 2002, in Copenhagen.
<- In October 2001, I organized a workshop on Deflecting Asteroids, together with Ed Lu, astrophysicist/astronaut, at his home base, the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Our report, together with background information, can be found on the web site b612.boulder.swri.edu.
Also in October, I presented the inaugural lecture for a colloquium on Science and Philosophy, organized under the joint sponsorship of the Philosophy and Physics departments at Seattle University. The title was Six ways to view the world: Looking through Windows from Science, Phenomenology, and Non-Duality.
In September 2001, I gave a talk in New York City at the loft of Pamela Kraft, from the Tribal Link Foundation, entitled Beholding the Eye of the Beholder; The Subject in Objective Science.
<- In August 2001, I taught part of the fourth annual Kira Summer School on Ways of Knowing.
In July 2001, a News Focus article on the GRAPE-6 was published in Science, vol. 293, pp. 201-203. The photograph of Jun Makino with a GRAPE-6 board was taken during the press conference accompanying our IAU Symposium.
<- Also in July, I co-chaired, with Jun Makino, Symposium 208 of the International Astronomical Union, on Astrophysical Supercomputing Using Particle Simulationss, Tokyo, July 10-13, 2001. Here is a slashdot news item.