HPC Community Member Kyril Faenov Passes Away

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The HPC community lost one of its own this week with the untimely passing of Kyril Faenov of Microsoft, formerly lead of their Technical Computing Group.

Before joining the SQL organization in 2011, Kyril was the General Manager of the Technical Computing Group, which developed Windows HPC Server, Parallel Computing Platform and mathematical modeling tools aimed at enabling broader access by commercial, government and academic customers to large scale cloud computing and data analysis resources. Kyril founded the High Performance Computing business unit in 2004 and lead the development of Windows HPC Server product, world-wide industry and academic partnerships.

Faenov was 38. According to the memorial site, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Seattle.


  1. Kyril was a very nice guy in general and an highly competent expert in the HPC field. I appreciated the discussions with him we have had many times when he was attending our ISC events in Germany. I also have met Kyril several times at the SC conferences in the US. He always has been friendly, polite, humorously and extremely motivated in his job. He has represented Microsoft excellently in our so called Hot Seat sessions at ISC. For me Kyril was one of Microsoft’s best representatives at all. My team and I will miss Kyril enormously in the future. — Hans W. Meuer, ISC General Chair