Dr. Patrick Dreher
Dr. Patrick Dreher holds appointments as both a Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science and as an Associate Faculty member in the Department of Physics at NC State. He also currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Data Science Initiative at the University.
He received his B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in physics from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He also earned an M.B.A. from Rensselaer with a concentration in R&D management.
Dr. Dreher has over 25 years of research experience in the application of computing technologies to science and engineering research problems. His work in cloud computing has included development of early techniques for embedding cloud systems within supercomputers to fully exploit their HPC hardware capabilities. His current research interests are focused on the intersection of quantum computing and cloud computing, especially applied toward high energy, nuclear and many-body condensed matter physics problems.
Dr. Dreher has also held significant R&D management positions in academia at MIT and NC State, in government at DoE research labs and in industry supporting the DoD high performance computing programs in science and engineering. He has served on numerous peer review panels for the Department of Energy, the DoD HPC Modernization Program and the National Science Foundation including the NSF Taskforce Advisory Committee on Campus Cyberinfrastructure.
- Cloud Computing
- Quantum Computing
- Scientific and High Performance Computing
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Physics Minor Math B. S. June 1975
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Physics M. S. June 1976
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute R&D Management M.B.A. August 1977
University of Illinois, Urbana Physics Ph.D. October 1991
CSC Fall Courses
- CSC 495-003 LEC SP Top Comp Sci - Cloud Computing TTh 3:00pm-4:15pm Room: 1229 Engineering Building 2
- CSC 547-001 LEC Cloud Computing Technology TTh 4:30pm-5:45pm Room: 1229 Engineering Building 2
- IBM Faculty Award - 2009, 2010, 2016
Selected Publications and Invited Talks
P.Dreher. "The IBM Q Initiative as a Resource for High Energy Physics Quantum Computing", Invited Talk, Conference on Next Steps in Quantum Science for HEP , Fermilab, Sept 12-14, 2018
P. Dreher, SU(2) Lattice Gauge Pair Hopping Constructs Suitable for Implementation on Quantum Computers , The 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, Michigan State University, to be published in Proceedings of Science, 2018 (in preparation)
P. Dreher, D. Nair, E. Sills, M. Vouk, “Cost Analysis Comparing HPC Public Versus Private Cloud Computing”, Cloud Computing and Services Science, 6th International Conference, CLOSER 2016, Rome, Italy, April 23-25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers, ISBN 978-3-319-62594-2, Springer, (2017) p. 294-316.
P. Dreher, Mladen Vouk, W. Scullin, “Toward a Proof of Concept Implementation of a Cloud Framework on Blue Gene Supercomputers for Computational Physics Applications”, XXVI IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2014), Journal of Physics: Conference Series 640 (2015) 012063