HPC User Forum
Steering Committee
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 that IDC helps to pursue. IDC operates the HPC User Forum on behalf of the steering committee.


Paul Muzio
Chairman
City University of New York
  Paul Muzio is the Director of the City University of New York Interdisciplinary High Performance Computing Center. In this position, he is responsible for the strategic development and management of the center, which is one of the largest academic HPC facilities in the New York City area. Prior to joining the City University, he was vice-president, HPC Programs, at Network Computing Services, Inc. (Minnesota Supercomputing Center, Inc.). From 1980 to 1990, he was Director, Special Systems, at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Bethpage, NY. Muzio has been involved in acquiring approximately 30 HPC systems beginning with a Cray-1M at Grumman in 1982.


Rupak Biswas
NASA Ames
Vice Chairman
  Dr. Rupak Biswas is Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center. He assists the Director in planning, directing, and coordinating technology development and operational activities in advanced supercomputing, human systems integration, intelligent systems, and entry systems technology. The directorate includes 700 employees and an annual budget of $160 million, along with NASA’s arc jet testing facility and supercomputing facility. Dr. Biswas is also manages the NASA-wide High End Computing Capability Project that provides advanced computational resources and services to programs across the agency. In addition, he leads the emerging quantum computing effort for NASA. Dr. Biswas earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Rensselaer. He has received several NASA awards, including the Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is an internationally recognized expert in high performance computing and has published more than 150 technical papers, received many Best Paper awards, edited several journal special issues, and given lectures around the world.


Earl Joseph
IDC
Executive Director
  Earl Joseph is IDC program vice president for HPC and executive director of the HPC User Forum. He has 30 years of experience in the computer industry with a focus on technical computing and high performance computing. He conducts research and provides consulting within the United States, European and Asia-Pacific markets for technical servers, supercomputers, grids, visualization and clustering. This research includes market sizing, market share analysis, forecasts, technology assessment, and vendor analysis. Earlier, he led marketing and strategic planning functions for four major U.S. corporations; Cray, UNISYS, SGI and Concurrent. He was instrumental in winning an international anti-dumping case on supercomputers and contributed research and recommendations contributing to the renewed emphasis on supercomputing in the U.S. President's 2006 state-of-the-union address. He earned a Ph.D. in the strategic management of high technology companies from the University of Minnesota.


Vijay Agarwala
Penn State University
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Swamy Akasapu
General Motors
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Alex Akkerman
Ford Motor Company
  Alex Akkerman is a high performance computing senior technical specialist at Ford Motor Company. His team is responsible for implementation and management of HPC solutions for Ford Motor Company’s global engineering and research user community. In his previous assignment in the early- to mid-90's, he was one of the principal developers of a crash safety simulation code. Prior to Ford, Alex worked as a consultant on a number of projects involving scientific and technical computing in the automotive industry. Overall, he worked in the field of technical computing for 33 years. He holds a masters degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit.


Doug Ball
The Boeing Company
  Doug Ball is enterprise director for computational fluid dynamics within Boeing’s Enterprise Technology Strategy. Ball provides strategic guidance and manages investments into CFD technologies across Boeing’s businesses. Earlier, he was chief engineer for all of aerodynamics within Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Throughout his career, he has served as consultant to NASA, the National Research Council, the U.S. Air Force and The Ohio State University. Before joining Boeing, Ball worked for General Dynamics Corporation as an aerodynamicist. Ball earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a master of science degree, both from The Ohio State University. In 2006, he received a distinguished alumni award from the university’s College of Engineering, and the Garvin L. Von Eschen award for leadership in aerospace engineering from the mechanical and aerospace engineering department in 2013.


Jeff Broughton
NERSC/Lawrence
Berkeley National Lab
  Jeff Broughton is the NERSC Deputy for Operations and Systems Department Head, and has responsibility for acquiring, installing and operating all computational, networking and storage equipment for NERSC and the Joint Genome Institute.  Current projects include NERSC-7 (Edison), the Computational Research and Theory Facility (CRT) which will be NERSC's new home, and DesignForward.  Jeff has 30 years of HPC and management experience, including positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Amdahl, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, and the startups, Key Research and PathScale. He has tackled projects in multiple disciplines as both an engineer and manager, including networking, computer-aided design, processor design, compilers, and operating systems.  Jeff holds multiple patents. His inventions include optimistic concurrency protocols, distributed cache coherence protocols, domain partitioning mechanisms, and software methods for cycle-based logic simulation.


Paul Buerger
Avetec
  Paul Buerger, HPC industry expert, spent most of his career at Ohio State
University and Ohio Supercomputer Center.  During those 40 years, he worked
with everything from minicomputers to mainframes to vector supercomputers to
HPC clusters.  He led teams supporting these systems and various computer
networks.  He recently worked with Avetec on a project evaluating parallel
file systems.  Dr. Buerger is the author or co-author of several papers and
presentations dealing with astronomy and with digital data management.  His
current interests are parallel file systems and trying to understand what is
big about Big Data.  He is a member of IEEE and ACM.  He currently serves as
secretary of the Central Ohio Chapter of ACM and as treasurer of the Columbus
Technical Council.

Chris Catherasoo
California Institute of Technology
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Jack Collins
National Cancer Institute
  Dr. Collins is the director of the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Dr. Collins’ research focuses on biomedical computing applications pertaining to cancer. His research group develops and applies high-performance algorithms to solve data-intensive computational biology problems in the areas of genomic analysis, pattern recognition in proteomics and imaging, molecular modeling, and systems biology. He received his BA degree in mathematics from Park College with minors in physics, chemistry, and economics. His Ph.D. is in physical chemistry (theoretical chemistry) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Collins worked at SRI International (1985 to 1989) as a research associate and the Molecular Research Institute (1989 to 1992) as director of Computational Biology. Dr. Collins has over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 3 patents. He has given dozens of invited talks and Webinars at international and national meetings and conferences, and serves on numerous review panels and advisory committees.


Steve Conway
IDC Research Vice President
  Steve Conway is IDC research vice president for high performance computing and data analysis. He produces opinion pieces, studies and reports on the worldwide HPC (supercomputing) market and leads IDC's research in high performance data analysis (big data using HPC). Steve works closely with government agencies, industry and academia, and the vendor community in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributor to national business and trade media. Before joining IDC, he was vice president of corporate communications and investor relations for Cray and had management roles at SGI and CompuServe. Earlier, Steve had a 12-year career in university teaching and administration at Boston University and Harvard University. A former National Merit Scholar and Senior Fulbright Fellow, he holds bachelor's and master's degrees in German from Columbia University and a master's in comparative literature from Brandeis University, where he also completed doctoral coursework and exams.


Steve Finn
Emagine IT
  Steve Finn provides technology assessment and telecommunications support services for a community of HPC users. His background includes vectorization and parallelization of application codes, benchmarking, and HPC system acquisitions. He has performed detailed requirements assessments, identified overall project risks, and created mitigation plans. He has prepared multiple alternative scenarios for data center consolidation, and has developed policies to provide a consistent user environment across heterogeneous systems at multiple HPC centers. Steve is a past Chairman of the HPC User Forum Steering Committee.


Merle Giles
NCSA/University of Illinois
 

Merle Giles is Director of Private Sector Programs and Economic Impact at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NCSA is one of the five original centers in the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program, opening its doors in 1986. Giles is a tireless advocate of HPC’s role as an accelerator to industrial innovation. His NCSA team has partnered with nearly 60% of the manufacturers in the U.S. FORTUNE100®, as well as with bio-medical, chemical, tech, oil and gas, and agriculture companies. He and his corporate partners are founding members of two key digital manufacturing consortia: NDEMC (National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium), a $5 million public-private partnership pilot serving small and medium manufacturers in the American Midwest, and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute), a $320 million partnership announced in 2014 as one of the USA's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes. He is a co-founder, along with Germany’s HLRS and South Korea’s KiSTi, of the International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop. He earned undergraduate degrees in accounting and business and holds a CPA and an MBA from University of Illinois.



Keith Gray
BP
  Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire’s People to Watch 2006.


Sharan Kalwani
Fermilab
  Sharan Kalwani recently joined the HPC group at the Fermi National Accelerator Labs, Batavia, Illinois as a computing services architect. Before Fermi, he was the Subject Matter Expert/Project lead at the UberCloud project, working on helping to realize HPC in the cloud. With 30 years of experience in scientific and technical computing, Sharan has worked at numerous HPC industry leaders that include Cray Research and Silicon Graphics. He has also spent several years in the automotive industry at General Motors, managing their global engineering HPC centers, as well as in the academic domain, most recently at KAUST. Sharan is a member of the ACM, senior member of IEEE/Computer Society, USENIX/LISA, AAAS and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He was one of the original founders of the michigan!/usr/group (mug.org) back in 1986. He also runs the popular discussion group 'Innovative Uses of HPC' on LinkedIn.com.

James Kasdorf
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  Jim Kasdorf is the Director of Special Projects at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). He started in high-performance computing with the CDC 3600 in 1965. He worked at Westinghouse for thirty years and managed the corporation’s engineering and scientific computing activities worldwide. He was a co-founder of PSC and assists his colleagues there in strategic planning and, well, special projects. He now manages the PSC office in Rio del Mar California and has many stories to tell.


Arno Kolster
PayPal
  Arno Kolster, Senior MTS, Database Architect, PayPal. Arno was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Canada where he received a degree in Computer Science from The University Of Calgary after a stint as a professional musician. Opportunity took him to America, where he's been a resident of both coasts, first in Virginia and currently in San Francisco. His main career focus over the past 25 years has been database architecture, database administration and operations architecture for a number of different industries including oil and gas, emergency services, finance and e-commerce.
His extensive knowledge of relational databases has expanded to include the prolific influx of new database technologies such as NoSQL and graph databases. An interest in HPC and technical computing came about as a result of finding solutions to solving real time data analytics across distributed systems at web scale. Arno and his colleague, Ryan Quick, received an IDC Innovation Excellence Award at both SuperComputing 2012 and 2104 and he's been invited to speak both domestically and internationally on HPC and its role deployment at PayPal. Arno's hobbies include music and philately. He's a member of the prestigious Royal Philatelic Society of London and the American Philatelic Society.

Doug Kothe
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) is the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, a DOE Innovation Hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Doug joined ORNL in 2006 as the Director of Science in the ORNL National Center of Computational Sciences. Doug holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, where he researched computational applications for inertial confinement fusion while serving as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). After a brief period in the defense science programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Doug returned to LANL and held research, program, and line management positions in applied and fundamental defense-related R&D programs sponsored by the DOE, NASA, DoD, and private industry. Doug’s research interests and expertise lies in the development of physical models and numerical algorithms for the simulation of physical processes in the presence of incompressible and compressible fluid flow.

Jysoo Lee
NISN, Korea
  Dr. Jysoo Lee is director general of the National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking in KISTI (Korea Institute of Science Technology and Information). He received a B.S. degree from Seoul National University and a Ph. D. degree from Boston University, both in physics. He was visiting scholar at HLRZ, KFA at Juelich (which became The John von Neumann Institute for Computing), and was research associate at the Levich Institute of the City College of New York. He joined KISTI in 2001, directed its Supercomputing Center from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2009. He has led the Korean National Grid Project of K*Grid and Korean National e-Science Project, and has been involved in international organizations such as the Open Grid Forum, Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly, and the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development. He is the chief professor for the Grid and Supercomputing Program of Korea's University of Science and Technology.


Michael Resch
HLRS, University of Stuttgart
  Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Michael M. Resch is dean of the faculty for energy-process and biotechnology of the University of Stuttgart, director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Department for High Performance Computing, and the Information Center (IZUS), all at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He was an invited plenary speaker at SC’07. He chairs the board of the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing (GCS) and serves on the advisory councils for Triangle Venture Capital Group and several foundations. He is on the advisory board of the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC2). Michael Resch holds a degree in Technical Mathematics from the Technical University of Graz, Austria and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Stuttgart. He was an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Houston and was awarded honorary doctorates by the National Technical University of Donezk (Ukraine) and the Russian Academy of Science.


Vince Scarafino
Industry Expert
  Vince Scarafino is a technical advisor on the application of computer hardware and software to the solution of computing problems requiring high levels of performance. His previous experience includes managing the supercomputers for a major manufacturer, including hardware and software planning and implementation, procurement, and operations. He also served as hardware and software planner for large general purpose computing centers for a major manufacturer, and he helped pioneer the production of relational database applications, including screen based, query by example interfaces. He receives a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.


Suzy Tichenor
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  Suzy Tichenor is Director, Industrial Partnerships Program for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge is the site of the world’s most powerful computing complex for open science. The Industrial Partnerships Program provides companies access to the Laboratory’s world class computational science expertise and two leadership-class high performance computing user facilities, one funded by the Department of Energy and the other by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee. Ms. Tichenor has more than 20 years’ experience creating partnerships and programs at all levels of the government, private sector and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining Oak Ridge, she was Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness and directed its High Performance Computing Initiative.