West Virginia Wesleyan College

Department of Physics and Engineering

 

Colby Stanley wins

High-Performance Computing Competition

 

    February 18, 2012—Colby Stanley aspires to a career as a Computer Engineer. The sophomore is certainly off to a good start—his knowledge of computers garnered him a first place finish in the High-Performance Computing Competition sponsored by West Virginia EPSCOR.

     High-performance computing involves using a cluster of computers to solve a problem that is too complex for one personal computer.

     Stanley’s research involved using data from pulsars—stars that emit pulses of electromagnetic ration similar to a lighthouse. He ran the data through the Wavelet Analysis software program to separate the data from noise.

     Stanley said, “The supercomputer gave me the ability to look at a much larger range of frequencies than with a regular computer.”

     Stanley’s faculty adviser is Dr. Trevor Stevens.