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.”
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
This month’s 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, “The MPI standard was the product of many good people, but without Marc, I don’t think we would have succeeded.”
With a legacy of success in his portfolio, he is perhaps busier today than ever as the Associate Director for Extreme Scale Computing at NCSA, co-PI for the petascale Blue Waters system, and co-director of the Intel and Microsoft funded Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC). Trained as a mathematician, Snir is one of the few individuals today shaping both high end supercomputing and the mass adoption of parallel programming.
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.
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 and Ricky Kendall, this month’s HPC Rock Star, is at the center of enabling science on the largest computing systems the world has ever seen.
As the leader of the scientific computing group at one of the nation’s leading HPC facilities, Kendall and his team enable users get the most out of what is today the largest supercomputer in the world. But this isn’t a theoretical task for Kendall — he comes from the large scale application development trenches himself, having been part of the team that started NWChem, one of the leading community codes for computational chemistry. Kendall’s accomplishments put him in the center of the computational community. As he puts it, “The chemistry community often sees me as a computer jock, and the computer science community sees me as an applications person.”
Kendall is the kind of leader that the HPC community needs most: someone committed to making sure that the systems our community builds end up helping to move the world forward.