Atoms and Computers

18 December 2019
Versione stampabile

Venue: Polo Ferrari 1, via Sommarive 5 (Povo) – Room A103
At: 14.00

Prof. Michele Parrinello - Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich
Facoltà di Informatica, Istituto di Scienze Computazionali, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova


The rapid development of computer technology and of efficient algorithms has had a deep impact on science. Of particular significance has been the emergence of realistic atomistic simulations. These calculations provide precious insight, replace difficult experiments, predict new phenomenon, and are also used to help build the computers of the future that will in turn be used to simulate ever more complex phenomena. We shall illustrate the power of this approach with a number of examples taken from different branches of science. Yet in spite of remarkable progress much remains to be done to widen the scope of atomistic simulations, especially in the fields of nanotechnology and biosciences. This requires new technical as well as conceptual tools in order to describe the complexity of the phenomena that contemporary science has to tackle. Avenues of progress will be presented