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Dan Reed
Iowa City, Iowa
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
Interests: university futures, bioinformatics, innovation policy, multidisciplinary fusion, technology policy, spectrum and communication, innovation, clouds, geek toys, cloud computing, multicore processor architecture, science policy, computing education, international competitiveness, research tools and techniques, multidisciplinary collaboration, large-scale data centers, exascale computing, technology strategy
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Abraham Flexner: A poem, a symphony, a painting, a mathematical truth, a new scientific fact, all bear in themselves all the justification that universities, colleges, and institutes of research need or require. Continue reading
Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. Continue reading
Research universities have three critical, irreducible functions: knowledge creation, education, and engagement. Each sustains the others. Continue reading
Let’s begin with the fundamental question. As scholars, why do we write? Continue reading
My time as NCSA director was exhilarating and exciting, as an incredible team invented the future. That is – and always will be – NCSA’s mission. Continue reading
Our longing for a better world is why Star Trek has lived long and prospered. Continue reading
An amazing teacher named Joel Martin is a major reason why I’ve been privileged to spend my life as a researcher. I will always be in his debt. Continue reading
Cloud computing is transformational. Yet in public perception, the cloud is more like a fog, a vaguely understood and amorphous thing. Continue reading
HPC and machine learning are not goals, they are enablers. Continue reading
A commencement ceremony is neither the time nor the place to risk heat stroke and dehydration with an extended pageant in a basketball arena-cum-auditorium or sun-drenched football stadium. Continue reading
If the Anthropocene defines human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems, then the Information Age defines computing’s impact on our own interactions. Continue reading
Seeing the invisible web of intellectual connectedness that binds as a community of scholars is the first step in embracing the consilience of knowledge. Continue reading
The undying need for respect, to make a difference and to matter, regardless of circumstance, crosses cultures and generations. It was just a cherry pie, but it was much, much more. Continue reading
By its nature, research is a long game, for basic research and scholarship expand the collective body of human knowledge. Continue reading
Few issues are so simple as to be reduced to a 140 character précis. Long-form oratory once defined public debate, and in the hands of a skilled and informed speaker, it still can. Continue reading
Research, scholarship and creative expression -- they define us as humans and as scholars. Continue reading
When did our utopian dreams stagger into an alleyway, drunk on hubris, only to be mugged by our diminished expectations? Continue reading
Since reading Jacob’s memoir a decade ago, I have been pondering his poignant reflections on creativity and human motivations. I still believe the future can be brighter than the past. Like Jacob, my food is anticipation; my drug is hope. Continue reading
Although not fast by today’s parallel computing standards, Raspberry Pi clusters allow students to construct complete parallel systems Continue reading
It is past time to reunite the big data, cloud and high-performance computing communities. Each can each learn much from the other. Continue reading
Commencement season has come and gone yet again. When I have been asked, I have only delivered brief, always brief, commencement remarks. Wisdom is best leavened with brevity and levity. Continue reading
In a scene worthy of The Matrix, I felt time slow to a fractal crawl. In the Planck time separating what was and what could be, I considered the Hamiltonian and its myriad possibilities. Continue reading
Internet access was once a luxury, but no longer. In a 21st century knowledge economy, high-speed Internet services are the roads, waterways and rail lines of trade and commerce. Continue reading
The longitudinal value of research data often accrues to disciplines other than those where it was created. We need a new model that judiciously balances investment between the "next big thing" and sustainable cyberinfrastructure, for the latter is itself a crucial enabler of discovery. Continue reading
Education at a public research university provides so much more than the opportunity to leap economic barriers.We share our passion for the world of ideas, create new knowledge, transfer insights to a new generation, and unlock waking dreams of the future, Continue reading