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With its 28-mile-long azure lake, framed by the snow-capped Alps, the picturesque city of Como, Italy, is a popular vacation destination for entertainment royalty, including George Clooney, Madonna, and Sting.

Paparazzi keep track of these famous visitors, but how can municipal officials monitor the way the other 1 million tourists who visit Como each year travel among the districts and attractions in this medieval city?

Picture perfect plates

Whether they are surfing the web in search of surf and turf, or browsing for the perfect grass-fed beef burger, more than 90 percent of U.S. consumers search online for restaurants, according to a study by market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.

The unintended consequences of rationality

A century of economic theory assumed that, given their available options, humans would always make rational decisions. Economists even had a name for this construct: homo economicus, the economic man.

Have you ever met a human? We’re not always the most rational bunch. More recent economic theory confronts that fact, taking into account the importance of psychology, societal influences and emotion in our decision-making.

Computefest

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science, ComputeFest is an annual two week program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in computational science and engineering.

IACS Seminar Series

The IACS Seminar Series will resume on Friday, February 17, 2017 with a talk by Dr. Sauro Succi, an IACS visiting lecturer.

IACS seminars are generally held every other Friday during the academic year, and are free and open to the public. Lunch is served at 12:30pm on a first-come, first served basis with the seminar beginning promptly at 1pm. Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars will be held in Maxwell Dworkin G115.
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Built for speed: Designing exascale computers

“Imagine a heart surgeon operating to repair a blocked coronary artery.

Someday soon, the surgeon might run a detailed computer simulation of blood flowing through the patient’s arteries, showing how millions of red blood cells jostle and tumble through the small vessels. The simulation would identify the best repair strategy.

With a fast enough computer, it could all be done in a few minutes, while the operation is under way.”

The need for speed

As described in the Summer 2014 issue of Topics, Harvard researchers are pushing the limits of computing power to achieve new breakthroughs in science and engineering. What will high-performance computing mean for you?

Sustainable energy


To select the best chemicals for use in a flow battery, the researchers relied on high-performance computing power. (Photo by Eliza Grinnell.)

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