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Rock Stars of HPC: Ricky Kendall

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.

Ricky KendallAs 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.

Rock Stars of HPC: Bill Kramer

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. That’s why this month’s HPC Rock Star is an especially good choice. 




Bill KramerBill Kramer has spent his career finding, catalyzing, and managing change in HPC. Early in his career he helped field the first, production Unix-based supercomputer, and he has continued to work to design and commission some of the most innovative and successful computers of the past twenty years: during his career he has fielded twenty large supers, 7 of which have been in the top 5 of the Top500. Kramer’s career choices have always drawn him to our community’s leading organizations, places that were changing something fundamental about what it means to be a supercomputer center. But he isn’t about change just for the sake of change: for Kramer it is a way to make sure that he stays fresh, and does the best job he can for the people he is leading, and for the people who use his systems.