IEEE Boise Computer Chapter

April 7th, 2021

This talk offers an introduction for students and practitioners to the application of the scientific method to cybersecurity tools and systems.

Speaker: Josiah Dykstra, Technical Fellow from NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center and ACM Distinguished Lecturer
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Noon MT (US Mountain)
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February 1st, 2021

In December, the Boise section along with the section’s Computer Society and PES chapters held two talks about supercomputing at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The recordings from these talks are now available on IEEEtv:

December 14th, 2020

The IEEE-Boise Computer Society chapter and IEEE-Boise Power and Energy Society chapter will be hosting a virtual talk by Eric Whiting, who will share insights into the compute, electrical, and mechanical systems that came together in support of the installation of the Sawtooth supercomputer at INL. Sawtooth ranked #37 in the November 2019 TOP500 list of supercomputers. The Collaborative Computing Center facility was specifically designed to support systems such as this.   Discussion will focus on the unique characteristics of both the facility and the system. The talk will be held at noon on Dec. 15th, 2020. Please see for more details.

December 10th, 2020

10 December 2020

noon (virtual event)

Event link will be published at prior to the event.


Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that contain large natural gas & petroleum sources. Shales are also an attractive repository for permanent geologic carbon sequestration. However, the transport properties in shales are challenging to measure experimentally and predict numerically with continuum-based models, because of their non-uniform pore distribution on the “mesoscale” (nano-to-micro) and their physical & chemical heterogeneity in material properties under nanoconfinement. This talk will present an overview of recent advances in the R&D of atomistically-informed, experimentally-validated mesoscale fluid phase-behavior and transport models under the support of the Idaho National Laboratory’s Laboratory-Directed R&D (LDRD) program and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) for Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Architected and Natural Materials (MUSE). The flow models have been implemented in multi-GPU-enabled packages and deployed for scientific discoveries on DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers, Titan and Summit (previously and presently world’s fastest, respectively). Studies have shown that these supercomputers have facilitated large-scale nanoporous flow simulations that were previously not possible.

Yidong Xia, Ph.D., Computational R&D Scientist

Energy and Environment Science & Technology Directorate

Idaho National Laboratory


Dr. Xia is a computational R&D scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Energy and Environment Science & Technology Directorate. Dr. Xia obtained his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in General
Mathematics at North Carolina State University. At INL, Dr. Xia’s research and leadership experience are mostly in the areas of
bioenergy, environmental subsurface science, nuclear energy, fossil energy, geothermal energy, and high-performance scientific computing. Dr. Xia’s technical expertise spans several fields, including computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, computational particle mechanics, computational chemistry, and nuclear material and thermal hydraulics. Dr. Xia currently serves as the PI for INL as a partner in “Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Architected and Natural Materials” (MUSE), an Energy Frontier Research Center under the support of DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences Program. He also leads the Material Handling Task in the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) supported by DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Dr. Xia is leading an INL Laboratory Directed Research & Development project focusing on the exascale modeling of geofluids and has been awarded HPC allocations on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit
supercomputer (presently world’s fastest) under the support of DOE Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research program. Dr. Xia is INL’s Point of Contact for BETO Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) and BETO HPC Allocation Program.

April 17th, 2019

Learn about the state of robotics and automation plus the biggest challenges facing robotics development today. Presented by Toyota Advanced Logistics (Bastien Solutions) roboticists working from their laboratory right here in Boise.

Tiffany Greyson is the Lead Robotics Controls Engineer at Toyota Advanced Logistics after 13 years at HP as a PCB architect. She is a mommy of 3 kids and enjoys making jewelry out of electronics in her spare time.

Akash Jinandra graduated from University of Central Florida 2 years ago with degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He is now a robotics R&D engineer and designs autonomous fork trucks, robotic shuttles and product-picking arms. Akash got married and bought a house in the last three months so he is pretty much an adult now.


6:15PM – 6:30PM Networking
6:30PM – 7:30PM Presentation

Room: 110
Bldg: RUCH
Boise State University 1375 W University Dr
Boise, Idaho