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Rock Stars of HPC: DK Panda

As our newest Rock Star of HPC, DK Panda sat down with us to discuss his passion for teaching High Performance Computing. “During the last several years, HPC systems have been going through rapid changes to incorporate accelerators. The main software challenges for such systems have been to provide efficient support for programming models with high performance and high productivity. For NVIDIA-GPU based systems, seven years back, my team introduced a novel `CUDA-aware MPI’ concept. This paradigm allows complete freedom to application developers for not using CUDA calls to perform data movement.”

Rock Stars of HPC: Karan Batta

From software developer at a small start-up in New Zealand, to Senior Program Manager at one of the largest multinational technology companies in the US, Karan Batta has led a career touched by HPC – even if he didn’t always realize it at the time. As the driving force behind the GPU Infrastructure vision, roadmap and deployment in Microsoft Azure, Karan Batta is a Rock Star of HPC.

Rock Stars of HPC: James Phillips

Recipient of a Gordon Bell Award in 2002, James Phillips has been a full-time research programmer for almost 20 years. Since 1998, he has been the lead developer of NAMD, a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems that scales beyond 200,000 cores, and is undoubtedly a Rock Star of HPC.

Rock Stars of HPC: John Stone

This Rock Stars of HPC series is about the men and women who are changing the way the HPC community develops, deploys, and operates the supercomputers and social and economic impact of their discoveries. “As the lead developer of the VMD molecular visualization and analysis tool, John Stone’s code is used by more than 100,000 researchers around the world. He’s also a CUDA Fellow, helping to bring HPC to the masses with accelerated computing. In this way and many others, John Stone is certainly one of the Rock Stars of HPC.”

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.