Randles Named Finalist for Supercomputing’s Top Honor

Amanda Randles, a new assistant professor in biomedical engineering at Duke University, has been named one of five finalists for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize—the top honor in the field of supercomputing. The $10,000 prize recognizes innovative applications of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics, and making it to this finalist stage is widely considered an honor in and of itself.

The paper that Randles is being recognized for is titled “Massively Parallel Models of the Human Circulatory System.” Along with colleagues from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Randles presents a new, highly scalable algorithm that can model the human vascular system in record time. With faster calculations of body-wide blood flow, doctors could eventually make risk assessments for diseases on a patient-by-patient basis.

The winner will be announced at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis taking place on November 15 - 20, 2015, in Austin, Texas.