Wednesday Keynote
HPC Achievement & Impact 2014 – A Personal Perspective

Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling

Wednesday, June 25, 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm, Hall 1

Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling

Professor of Informatics & Computing, School of Informatics & Computing, Indiana University and Chief Scientist & Executive Associate Director, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST)

Entering its second decade as an ISC tradition this presentation will provide a summary of the accomplishments of the last year in the field of high performance computing. This keynote address will explore the advances and implications of the technology developments, new systems, and applications that have transpired since ISC-2013. The surge in improvements in microprocessor multicore and accelerator components as well as general system capabilities will be tracked and exemplified through current state of the art examples. At the halfway point (logarithmically) to exascale (from petaflops capability), this presentation will discuss international programs that will bridge the second half of this decade in HPC. A new analysis of the historical trends in performance will illuminate the “two worlds” view of the field of HPC and the reasons for it. This keynote address will end with an early summary of the emerging area of interests in “beyond exascale” including superconducting logic, optical computing research, neuromorphic and probabilistic computing. Every year a theme is selected to capture the leading edge of HPC. This year its is: “Moore’s Law, the beginning of the end”.

 

Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing as well as serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as a Hertz Fellow Dr. Sterling has engaged in applied research in fields associated with parallel computing system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and academia. Dr. Sterling is best known as the "father of Beowulf" for his pioneering research in commodity/Linux cluster computing. He was awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997 with his collaborators for this work. He was the PI of the HTMT Project sponsored by NSF, DARPA, NSA, and NASA to explore advanced technologies and their implication for high-end system architectures. Other research projects included the DARPA DIVA PIM architecture project with USC-ISI, the Cray Cascade Petaflops architecture project sponsored by the DARPA HPCS Program, and the Gilgamesh high-density computing project at NASA JPL. Thomas Sterling is currently engaged in research associated with the innovative ParalleX execution model for extreme scale computing to establish the foundation principles to guide the co-design for the development of future generation Exascale computing systems by the end of this decade. ParalleX is currently the conceptual centerpiece of the XPRESS project as part of the DOE X-stack program and has been demonstrated in proof-of-concept in the HPX runtime system software. Dr. Sterling is the co-author of six books and holds six patents. He was the recipient of the 2013 Vanguard Award.

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