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SC19 Chair Michela Taufer Selected to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

Michela Taufer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and holds the Jack Dongarra Professorship in High Performance Computing in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Professor Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award. This $20,000 USD award is highly competitive and recognizes her leadership in High Performance Computing and its importance to the computing industry.

As HPC and Ai converge, Dr. Taufer will lead work with IBM to bring the IBM Onsite Deep Learning Workshop to the UT campus.

Greg Peterson, Jack Dongarra, and I are working with IBM to launch a Summit-like IBM cluster to enable our efforts to move software to the next generation of supercomputers,” said Dr. Taufer, “while ensuring the continued leadership of UT within High Performance Computing and computational science. The Summit-like IBM cluster is an important, missing, tile of ongoing collaboration of my lab, GCLab, and Jack’s lab, the Innovative Computing Laboratory, with UT Chattanooga’s SimCenter. As part of this collaboration, we presented our work in HPC and big data at the SC conference in Dallas last fall.”

Dr. Taufer is also is the General Chair of SC19, which takes place Nov. 17-22 in Denver.

IBM is thrilled to recognize your leadership on High Performance Computing and partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab,” Jamie M. Thomas, IBM Systems’ General Manager, Systems Strategy and Development, said of Dr. Taufer. “As the new Partnership Executive Program executive for University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I am looking forward to working with UT Knoxville to launch a Summit-like IBM cluster to enable your efforts to move software to the next generation of supercomputers while ensuring the continued leadership of UT within High Performance Computing and computational science.”

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