First Recipient of HPC Vanguard Award to Be Announced at SC13

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Our friends at The Exascale Report will honor the recipient of the inaugural HPC Vanguard Award at SC13 in Denver, recognizing a critical leader in the HPC community’s strategic push to achieve exascale levels of supercomputing performance.

The honoree is selected by the votes of hundreds of members of the HPC and emerging exascale community, and the award will be presented by Mike Bernhardt, Publisher of The Exascale Report and creator of the award.

With almost 400 votes received to date, we have a total of 25 nominees,” said Bernhardt. “Out of the entire group of nominees, six finalists are tightly grouped well ahead of the rest of the pack. The winner of the inaugural HPC Vanguard Award will be the one person out of those six finalists who has received the most votes.”

vanguardThe top six nominees are:

  • Pete Beckman, Director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Bill Dally, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of Research at NVIDIA
  • Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee
  • Alan Gara, Intel Fellow, Intel Corporation
  • Bill Gropp, Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
  • Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

The HPC Vanguard Award will be presented to one of these nominees during a press briefing at SC13 at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 3:00PM.

We have been impressed with the strong, positive community support in selecting the first winner of the HPC Vanguard Award,” said Bernhardt. “The drive to achieving exascale levels of computing is at the very heart of the HPC community’s long-term mission, so recognizing a critical leader in this effort has hit a responsive chord in our industry.”

Exascale computing, which refers to the ability to perform a quintillion (or a billion billion) calculations per second, has become a global race in which the United States, China, Japan, India and other nations are seeking to achieve the milestone by the end of the decade. Exascale computing is widely viewed as a critical strategic capability supporting national security, energy exploration, economic innovation and medical discovery and treatment.

For more information, contact:

Mike Bernhardt
The Exascale Report™