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Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling

Arnaud & Edwards Professor of Computer Science, Louisiana State University, USA

Dr. Thomas Sterling is the Arnaud & Edwards Professor at the Louisiana State University Department of Computer Science and a faculty member of the Center for Computation and Technology. In addition, he holds the positions of Faculty Associate at the California Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Computing Research and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT as a Hertz Fellow in 1984, Dr. Sterling has engaged in a wide range of applied research associated with high performance computer systems architecture and software. He is widely recognized for his contributions in cluster computing through his leadership of the Beowulf Project (for which he was one of several to win the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997) and for his work in Petaflops scale system architecture through the HTMT and Cascade HPCS system projects and the DIVA and Gilgamesh processor in memory (PIM) architecture projects. He is currently developing the ParalleX Model for future generation parallel computing and is co-investigator on DOE, NSF, and NASA sponsored research projects. Dr. Sterling holds six patents and is the co-author of five books in the field.

Prof. Sterling leads a research group to develop the new parallel model of computation, ParalleX, to achieve Exaflops scale computing in the second half of the next decade. He also teaches a graduate course at LSU: CSC-7600, Introduction to High Performance Computing which is broadcast via internet to four other campuses including one in the Czech Republic.