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Kramer Becomes Research Professor, Brings Closer Ties to NCSA

The University of Illinois announced that William Kramer will take on additional duties as a research professor this year. Since 2008, he has been with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the University of Illinois campus, where he is the director and principal investigator of the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer project.

Ricky Kendall from ORNL Passes Away

The HPC community lost one of its own this week with the passing of Ricky Kendall from Oak Ridge. “Ricky came to ORNL from AMES lab and was one of a handful of leaders who helped catapult Oak Ridge to the top of high performance computing. His expertise in Computational Science were critical to fielding the most capable systems on the planet and more importantly, mentoring and attracting the highest caliber computational scientists to deliver cutting edge science on these systems. He will be truly missed both professionally and as a close friend to so many.”

Argonne’s Marc Snir Receives 2013 Seymour Cray Award

Parallel computing expert Marc Snir has been named the recipient of this year’s IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

Announcing Our Newest Rock Star of HPC: David Bader

At insideHPC, we are pleased to announce that David Bader is our latest Rock Star of HPC. While HPC tends to focus on compute-intensive problems, Big Data challenges require novel architectures for data-intensive computing. My group has been the first to parallelize and implement large-scale graph theoretic algorithms, which are quite a challenge because of […]

Rock Stars of HPC: Thomas Schulthess

Our Rock Stars of HPC gallery is growing as we look to a new generation of heterogeneous computing. And when the opportunity came to us to name our first European Rock Star of HPC, one name kept coming up: Thomas Schulthess: Thomas Schulthess is the director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) at Manno. […]

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: Steve Wallach

In the realm of Rock Stars, there are One-hit Wonders, Divas, Boy Bands, American Idols, Crazy Hearts, and Legends. Our insideHPC Rock Stars are clearly an elite group of industry luminaries and thought leaders, but even among this group, few have attained the legendary status of this month’s insideHPC Rock Star. The old timers in […]

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: Marc Snir

HPC Rock Star is Marc Snir. During his time at IBM, Snir contributed to one of the most successful bespoke HPC architectures of the past decade, the IBM Blue Gene. He was also a major participant in the effort to create the most successful parallel programming interface ever: MPI. In fact Bill Gropp, another key person in that effort, credits Snir with helping to make it all happen.

Rock Stars of HPC: Thomas Sterling

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.