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Rock Stars of HPC: Dona Crawford

In this special feature written by Mike Bernhardt from The Exascale Report, we honor Dona Crawford, the first woman to grace the ranks of our Rock Stars of HPC. I first met Dona Crawford at SC’95 in San Diego when she was the conference Deputy Program Chair and the HPC Challenge Co-chair.  Two years later, […]

Rock Stars of HPC: John Shalf

John Shalf

This month our Rock Stars of HPC series is featuring LBNL’s John Shalf. John leads the Advanced Technology Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, has authored more than 60 publications in the field of software frameworks and HPC technology, and has been recognized with three best papers and one R&D 100 award.

He also leads the LBNL/NERSC Green Flash project — which is developing a novel HPC system design (hardware and software) for kilometer-scale global climate modeling that is hundreds of times more energy efficient than conventional approaches — and participates in a large number of other activities that range from the DOE Exascale Steering Committee to Program Committee Chair for SC2010 Disruptive Technologies.

Shalf’s energy and dedication to HPC are helping to actively shape the future of HPC, and that’s what makes him this month’s HPC Rock Star.

Rock Stars of HPC: Thomas Sterling

Thomas Sterling

This series is about the men and women who are changing the way the HPC community develops, deploys, and operates the supercomputers we build on behalf of scientists and engineers around the world.

As part of the team that explored the Beowulf computing concept, Thomas Sterling has already revolutionized the high performance computing community once. But the author of six books and a raft of journal and conference publications isn’t ready to leave the hard work of change to someone else. His sights are set now on changing the way we use and build the supercomputers of today and the exascale monsters of tomorrow.

Looking forward to ISC, an interview with conference founder Hans Meuer

insideHPC kicks off its coverage of Europe’s largest HPC event

While the HPC community has seen its share of vendor companies that haven’t been able to demonstrate the staying power needed for survival, it’s quite the opposite story when it comes to conferences focused around this community.

The ACM/IEEE SC conference series will hold its 23rd annual meeting in New Orleans in November, the HPCC insider’s conference known as the Newport Conference has wraped up its 24th annual event in Newport, Rhode Island, and this year marks an impressive 25th anniversary for Europe’s most important HPC event, ISC’10, the International Supercomputing Conference.

insideHPC is excited to share this exclusive interview with Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer, the man behind the ISC conference.

HPC's best and brightest gear up for twenty-fourth annual Newport Conference

The National High Performance Computing and Communications Conference (, the annual gathering that HPC insiders refer to as “the Newport Conference,” celebrates 24 years this March when it once again returns to the quaint location on Goat Island (Newport, Rhode Island) March 16-18, 2010.

So, what is the magic formula that keeps a conference going for 24 years?