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 “I love being a graduate student
 studying physics. I have some
 pressure to produce results, but
 how I do so is up to me. I get to
 work whenever I want on
 problems that are interesting to
 me. I have a boss, my advisor,
 but they provide oversight and
 guidance, not micro-managing.
 It's a low pay, low responsibility,
 high intellectual reward job. Of
 course the plan is to be a
 professor one day, and things will
 change then. For now I think it is
 pretty much the perfect job.”
        Born and raised in
         Panama City Florida
        First degree was a BA in
         Economics from New
         College in Florida
        Moved to San Diego and
         then Ann Arbor MI where
Bi       he went back to school
         and got a BS from
 o       Eastern Michigan in
         Physics
gr      Accepted into graduate
ap       program at the University
         of Illinois where he is
hy       currently working towards
         his PhD and received his
         Master’s Degree
        Second time participating
         in Adopt-A-Physicist
Hob
bies      Rock climbing
          Chess
          Repairing cars
          Disk golf
          Running
          Swimming
          Card/Board games
          Jeremy's background
          Jeremy's employer
          Jeremy's work
               The Kraken
               Quantum Monte
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     University of Illinois Urbana-
     Champaign
                  UIUC Department of
                   physics
                  Loomis Laboratory
E                 Private/Government
m                  funded research
pl            “Working at a national lab or at a
                  research university is
oy                something few people have
                  the opportunity to do. It is a
er                great place to work if you love
                  doing physics, solving
                  problems, and spending time
                  around intelligent and
                  motivated people.”
W Computational Physics
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ha Calculates properties of materials
      Writes computer code
 t           Jeremy is a major contributor to
                       
            the open source quantum Monte
d           Carlo code QMCPACK
      Thinks about
oe algorithms computational
 s    Performs calculations on
      supercomputers
Je
re Q: When you go to work, what is the one thing you look
   forward to doing?
m  A: “I look forward to a cup of coffee and talking to the other
 y people in my lab. I enjoy coding, but I do most of that at home.
   When I am at work I get to opportunity to talk to other people
d  about their projects and the progress they are making.”
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   System Specifications                   129 TB of compute memory
   Cray Linux Environment (CLE) 2.2        A 3.3 PB raw parallel file system of disk
   A peak performance of 1.03 PetaFLOP     storage for scratch space (2.4 PB available)
   99,072 compute cores                    8,256 compute nodes
        Method of calculations
Q             This technique uses random
              numbers to calculate properties
ua            of solids, liquids, or gases
nt            For instance, calculating the
              energy of liquid water and solid
u             water can determine where it
              freezes
m             Method is flexible and can be
M             modified to address many types
              of problems
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     Q: Does the Kraken have gaming
     capabilities?
     A: “Hah! I think you could play any Linux
     game on Kraken. Maybe Minecraft, Tuxracer,
     or a text based game could be played on it, but
     you'd have to build it yourself and get it
     running. I bet you could write a pretty
     awesome AI for any game you knew the API
     for (chess, starcraft, Civ, 1st person shooters,
     etc).”
Mi
ne   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaMTedT6
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              Master of
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