Dr. Bill KramerDirector & Principle Investigator, Blue Waters Project and Director, UIUC/NCSA @Scale Program Office, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
William T.C. Kramer is Director and Principle Investigator of the Blue Waters Project and is the Director of the UIUC/NCSA @Scale Program office. Bill is responsible for leading tall aspects of he Blue Waters project, a National Science Foundation-funded project at NCSA. Blue Waters the most power computational and data analytics, general purpose, open science, system available. It is one of the most powerful resources for the nation’s researchers. It is the only public Top-5 systems in the world that chose not to list on the Topp-500 list.
Previously Bill was the general manager of the NERSC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) was responsible for all aspects of operations and customer service for NASA's Numerical Aerodynamic Simulator (NAS) supercomputer center. Blue Waters is the 20th supercomputer Kramer deployed and/or manages, deployed and managed large clusters of workstations, five extremely large data repositories, some of the world’s most intense networks. He has also been involved with the design, creation and commissioning of six “best of class” HPC facilities.
He holds a BS and MS in computer science from Purdue University, an ME in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, a PhD in computer science at UC Berkeley.
Kramer’s research interests include large-scale system performance evaluation, systems and resource management, job scheduling, fault detection and resiliency, and cyber protection. Kramer has awards from NASA, Berkeley Laboratory, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named one of HPCWire’s “People to Watch” in 2005 and 2013 and Inside HPC first "Rockstar of HPC". He is the founder of several organizations, including the ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship, the Open Science Grid Executive Committee and the DECUS Seminar Program. Along with with other cerifications,he is a certified GSA “Trail Boss”, OMB/DOE Project Manger II, NASA Management Excellent Program Graduate, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Illinois Certified Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and FAA pilot.