Session: State of the Field: Computational Chemistry
  Title: Breaking Down Activation Barriers and Increasing Rates of Reaction for Scientific Discovery
  Chair: Kim Baldridge (San Diego Supercomputer Center)
  Time: Thursday, November 20, 8:30AM - 9:15AM
  Rm #: Ballroom
  Kim Baldridge, PhD (San Diego Supercomputer Center)
  The field of computational chemistry has a history that predates supercomputing as we know it today, dating back to our innate desire to know more about ourselves and to catalog our discoveries. However, it's only been with the development of increasingly powerful of high performance resources and technologies--networks, processor, clusters, storage, grids, and cyberinfrastructure--that computational chemistry has transformed from a science about the structure of molecules to a science where researchers can prototype molecules, modeling how they function at their most intimate levels. Current technology, developed through the research of computer scientists and engineers, has lowered the barriers encountered by computational chemists, reducing the energy required to pose and answer questions about the fundamental properties of nature.

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