Sharing Research, Inspiring Student

When Franklin & Marshall Assistant Professor of Computer Science Joshua Booth recognized the passion that Greg Bolet ’20 had for computing, he invited the computer science and mathematics major to work with him on his research—high-performance computing (HPC).

“Like with all my classes, I shared my research and Greg took an interest in it,” Booth said. “I pioneered a concept called ‘substitution factorization,’ which allows me to solve equations with less work.”

To do this, they make solvable different computational methods, which Bolet has been doing by writing the theoretical algorithm and figuring out the mathematics to make it work.

“Not only do I have Greg writing in code, but I taught him about linear systems, then I taught him how to write code on these huge systems,” Booth said. “He’s also been coming up with new things. He’s fine-tuning it.”

The professor rewarded his student’s achievements by sending him to “Supercomputing 2018” for the undergraduate experience. Bolet was the first F&M student to attend the conference, considered the premier international event on high-performance computing.

“The 500 fastest computers are announced there each year,” the professor said.

With the College’s connection to the networks Internet2 and Kinber, and having helped set up SCinet, “the world’s fastest and most powerful network in the world,” F&M was the only liberal art college to support the conference, Booth said.

At the conference, Bolet learned about different high-performance computing facets, explored graduate programs, and attended lectures by nationally renowned researchers who shared their experiences with parallel computing.

“That was a blast,” the junior said. “It helped strengthen the idea that I want to go to graduate school and to continue studying what I’m studying.”