Torsten Hoefler Wins 2012 SIAG/Supercomputing Junior Scientist Prize

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NCSA’s Torsten Hoefler, who leads application and system performance modeling and simulation efforts for the Blue Waters project, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 SIAG/Supercomputing Junior Scientist Prize. The award honors distinguished contributions in the field of algorithms research and development for parallel scientific and engineering computing.

Hoefler’s research revolves around performance-centric software development and deals with scalable networks, parallel programming techniques, and performance modeling. He received the award at the 2012 SIAM Parallel Processing Conference, at which he gave a presentation about his research work title Performance-oriented Parallel Programming: Integrating Hardware, Middleware and Applications.

Abstract: Parallel programming is hard, optimizing parallel programming is even harder, and writing optimal parallel programs is nearly impossible. Optimizing communication in parallel programs routinely requires dealing with low-level system details. We show portable abstractions that enable transparent optimizations but require advanced techniques in the lower layers. We conclude that scaling to larger machines demands a holistic approach to integrate hardware, middleware, and application software to develop performance-portable parallel programs.

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  1. Congrats to Torsten, he deserves it.