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Professor Michela Taufer to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

Michela Taufer

Professor Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award for $20,000 USD.

Dr. Taufer is leading work with IBM to bring the IBM Onsite Deep Learning Workshop on campus. As Deep learning and AI gain traction in scientific discovery, training EECS students in these disciplines will open tremendous opportunities for them in Tennessee and outside the state.

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: Computer Science and Engineering and the Bredesen Center. As part of this collaboration, we- GCLab, ICL, SimCenter, and Bredesen- presented our work in HPC and big data at the SC conference in Dallas last fall.”

This award is highly competitive and recognizes her leadership in High Performance Computing and its importance to the computing industry.

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.”

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

In this video from PASC19 in Zurich, Dr. Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee describes her experiences at the multi-disciplinary PASC19 conference. After that she previews SC19: HPC is Now.

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