Bill Gropp adds heavy medal to his resume

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This week we learned that Bill Gropp has been recognized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing for his contributions to our community

Bill GroppWilliam Gropp, the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded the 2010 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing by the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC).  Prof. Gropp was honored for “outstanding contributions to the development of the Message Passing Interface (MPI), scalable implementation of MPI (MPICH-1 and MPICH2), domain decomposition algorithms, and scalable tools for the parallel numerical solution of PDEs (PETSc library).”

Not only is Bill a technical leader in our community, but he’s also a genuinely nice guy. Among the many awards he has received in recent years is the 2009 HPC Community Leadership Award from your pals here at insideHPC.

“Bill Gropp has been a major influence on the field of high performance parallel computing, and has made vital contributions that solve some of the most pressing issues in science and computing,” said professor Rob A. Rutenbar, the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and computer science department head.  “We are pleased and proud that he has received this prestigious recognition of his work.”

Gropp’s career has been characterized by his ability to work both the architecture and application sides of the HPC equation, advancing high performance parallel computing, with particular emphasis on its role in scientific computing.