Mike Bernhardt Joins HPC User Forum Steering Committee

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Mike Bernhardt leads communications and outreach for the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project.

We are pleased to report that Mike Bernhardt has joined the membership of the HPC User Forum Steering Committee. Established in 1999, the HPC User Forum has a mission to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users.

As an industry veteran, Mike has the experience and connections to help move the HPC User Forum into the Exascale era,” said Rich Brueckner, President of insideHPC. “Mike is one of the nicest people in the business and I think this is a real step forward for the Steering Committee.”

Mike Bernhardt leads communications and outreach for the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project. Mike is a 30-year veteran of the HPC community with a proven track record in strategic communications, marketing, public relations, branding and advertising. In the early 90s, Mike was the Director of Market Relations and Communications for the Supercomputer Systems Division of Intel Corporation. In 1994, he formed a strategic marketing firm, The Bernhardt Agency, for the HPC market segment. In 2001, 2002, and 2003, the company was named the top marketing agency to work for by Oregon Business magazine, and in 2003 it took top honors as the #1 small business to work for in Oregon. After selling The Bernhardt Agency in 2004, Bernhardt went on to build and sell two other widely respected, HPC-focused communications agencies, Noblemen Communications and Libra Strategic Communications. In 2010, Bernhardt launched subscription-based The Exascale Report, the first publication to bring an insider perspective to the emerging topic of exascale computing.

In 2013, he returned to Intel as an HPC Community Evangelist, and in 2016 he joined the communications staff at ORNL to serve as the communications lead for the Exascale Computing Project. Bernhardt has been an active volunteer committee member of the IEEE/ACM SC conferences for more than two decades. He served as the Communications Chair for SC09 and is a member of the informal group known as the “SC Perennials,” one of 18 people who have attended all SC conferences since the first event in 1988.

Bernhardt is a U.S. Navy veteran, qualified firearms safety instructor, and a public safety advocate. He previously served as Vice President for the Washington County (OR) Sheriff’s Department Foundation, as Director of Volunteer Services for the Forest Grove (OR) Police Department, and for three years was a City Commissioner on the Forest Grove (OR) Public Safety Commission.

The HPC User Forum is directed by a voluntary, multinational steering committee of leading HPC experts from government, academia and industry. The steering committee advances the HPC User Forum’s mission to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The committee establishes the agenda topics for HPC User Forum meetings and the ongoing technical research agenda. The organization holds two full-membership meetings a year in the United States, and also holds two meetings annually in international locations.

The next HPC User Forum event takes place Sept. 4-6 in Dearborn, Michigan.

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  1. Chris Doehlert says

    One of the nicest, for sure!