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Satoshi Matsuoka Moves to RIKEN Center for Computational Science

Satoshi Matsuoka will foster the development of the Post-K computer at R-CCS.

Satoshi Matsuoka from the Tokyo Tech writes that he is taking on a new role at RIKEN to foster the deployment of the Post-K computer.

From April 1st I have become the Director of Riken Center for Computational Science, to lead the K-Computer & Post-K development, and the next gen HPC research. Riken R-CCS Director is my main job, but I also retain my Professorship at Tokyo Tech. and lead my lab there & also lead a group for AIST-Tokyo Tech joint RWBC-OIL.

Satoshi is one of the most prolific HPC pundits on Twitter, with over 36,500 tweets. The good news is that he will continue these efforts:

I will continue to tweet about HPC, Big Data/AI, and advanced IT; Post-K will excel in all those, and R-CCS will be one of the world’s leading research centers.

Former Deputy Prof. Endo will take over the TSUBAME supercomputer leadership. Satoshi will collaborate with Tokyo Tech. GSIC in research.

Satoshi Matsuoka has been a Full Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), a Japanese national supercomputing center hosted by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and since 2016 a Fellow at the AI Research Center (AIRC), AIST, the largest national lab in Japan. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. He is the leader of the TSUBAME series of supercomputers, including TSUBAME2.0 which was the first supercomputer in Japan to exceed Petaflop performance and became the 4th fastest in the world on the Top500 in Nov. 2010, as well as the recent TSUBAME-KFC becoming #1 in the world for power efficiency for both the Green 500 and Green Graph 500 lists in Nov. 2013. He is also currently leading several major supercomputing research projects, such as the MEXT Green Supercomputing, JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience, as well as the JST-CREST Extreme Big Data. He has written over 500 articles according to Google Scholar, and chaired numerous ACM/IEEE conferences, most recently the overall Technical Program Chair at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC13) in 2013. He is a fellow of the ACM and European ISC, and has won many awards, including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, awarded by his Highness Prince Akishino, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012, and recently the 2014 IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, the highest prestige in the field of HPC.

About the Post-K Computer

Slated for delivery sometime around 2022, the ARM-based Post-K Computer has a performance target of being 100 times faster than the original K computer within a power envelope that will only be 3-4 times that of its predecessor.

In related news, April 1 was the last day of RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS). It is now named RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS).

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