Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem

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In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Irene Qualters from NSF presents: Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem .

For over three decades, NSF has been a leader in providing the computing resources our nation’s researchers need to accelerate innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “Keeping the U.S. at the forefront of advanced computing capabilities and providing researchers across the country access to those resources are key elements in maintaining our status as a global leader in research and education. This award is an investment in the entire U.S. research ecosystem that will enable leap-ahead discoveries.”

Irene Qualters is Division Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) at the National Science Foundation. In this role, Irene leads ACI in its mission to support and coordinate the prototyping, development, acquisition, and provisioning of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools, and services essential to the advancement and transformation of science and engineering. Over the past several years, Irene has provided significant leadership in managing NSF’s investments in several of its largest advanced computational resources, including Blue Waters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stampede at the University of Texas, Austin. She has also made key contributions to other NSF programs and has served as Acting Division Director since September 2013. As a recognized leader in advanced computinginfrastructure, she represents NSF in several interagency and internationalefforts that span software, data, and computation.

Prior to her NSF career, Irene had a distinguished 30-year career in industry, with a number of executive leadership positions in the technology sector. During her twenty years at Cray Research, she participated in the development of the first commercially successful autovectorizing compiler, the first multiprocessor version of UNIX, and Cray’s landmark massively parallel computer, the T3E. For six years as Vice President, she led Information Systems for Merck Research Labs, focusing on international cyberinfrastructure to advance all phases of pharmaceutical R&D. Irene is an expert in parallel computer system architectures and in a wide variety of software development arenas, from scientific applications to file systems and operating systems.


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