Keynote Speaker Bios
Tilak Agerwala is responsible for developing the next-generation hardware
and software technologies for embedded systems, servers, and supercomputers
for IBM. Dr. Agerwala's distinguished career includes jointly developing
the architectural foundations of the RS6000 and was responsible for the
systems architecture and technology strategy of the RS/6000 SP (1992-1997),
the most successful parallel computer of all time. Dr Agerwala received
the W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE in 1998 for outstanding contributions
to the development of high performance computers.
Jacubus N. Buur is responsible for research initiatives in subsurface
imaging and exploration for Royal Dutch/Shell via their GameChanger process.
He has been instrumental in developing key visualization technologies
and has made significant contributions to the adoption of clusters in
the petroleum industry with the early installation of large-scale Linux
clusters. Mr. Buur has been with the Royal Dutch/Shell family of companies
for 20 years.
John Picklo is responsible for systems software and hardware for all
of the engineering mainframes and supercomputers at the Chrysler Group.
His background includes 25 years of experience working with information
technology in various technical and consulting roles. Mr. Picklo's automotive
background includes experience designing and managing systems to support
computer-aided design at DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Nissan, and
John Reynders is responsible for computational sciences, algorithmics,
software engineering, computer science, and knowledge management efforts
in support of drug discovery and development at Celera Therapeutics.
Previously, Dr. Reynders served as Vice-President for Information Systems
at Celera Genomics where he was responsible for all supercomputing capabilities,
discovery software engineering, and enterprise system infrastructure.
Prior to Celera, Dr. Reynders worked at Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Los
Alamos National Laboratory where he managed the largest dedicated unclassified
super computer in the United States.
Applications Track Speaker Bios
Cozzini is a development scientist at INFM (Italian National Institute
for Matter Physics) working at National Simulation Center DEMOCRITOS
hosted at Sissa (Trieste, Italy). He is presently coordinating all
the IT activities within the center and works an external consultant
for cluster and grid computing at ICTP (International Center of Theoretical
Physics). His main professional interests are in the fields of high-performance
computing and grid computing appliced to computational physics.
Darling is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He entered Simon's Rock College
in 1997 and received an honorary high school diploma in 1998. In 2000
he received a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison, where he
elected to pursue graduate studies the following year. In 2002 he was
awarded a National Library of Medicine Fellowship for training in Computation
and Informatics in Biology and Medicine at UW-Madison.
Dr. M. Ehtesham
Hayder is a member of the Advanced Simulation Support Team, EXPEC Computing
Center, Saudi Aramco. He worked at the Institute for Computational
Mechanics in Propulsion (ICOMP/NASA Glenn Research Center), Institute
for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE/NASA Langley
Research Center) and the Center for Research on Parallel Computation
(CRPC/Rice University) before joining Saudi Aramco. He received his
Ph.D. from Princeton University, NJ in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
T. Mello is a research scientist at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center
and an adjunct associate research scientist at Columbia University's
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He has more than 50 papers published
in the literature. Dr. Mello received his Ph.D. and M.A. in geology
from Columbia University, M.Sc. in geology from Federal University
of Ouro Preto and B.Sc. in geology from the University of Sao Paulo,
Brazil. From 1987 to 1994 he worked for the Petrobrás Research Center
in large-scale fluid and heat flow within sedimentary basins. During
this period, he was the principal architect and developer of the Petrobrás
basin simulation system for risk assessment. In 1998, he received the
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Wallace Pratt Award
for the best paper published in AAPG Bulletin. His research interests
are basin modeling, 3D representation of geological structures, 4D
seismic reservoir simulation, parallel computing, data mining, and
visualization in geosciences. Since 2000, Dr. Mello has served as the
IBM Research Relationship Manager for the Chemical and Petroleum Industry
Prewett is a High Performance Computing Systems Engineer at the Center
for High Performance Computing at the University of New Mexico. His
primary responsibilities there include maintaining high-performance-computing
resources and networks as well as leading the security team. His primary
interests are in security for high-performance-computing systems and
monitoring those systems.
Ying Xu received his B.E. degree in Computer Science from Tianjin University, Tianjin, P.R. China, in 1998. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Computer Science at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests include operating systems, distributed systems, mobile code and cluster computing.
Systems Track Speaker Bios
A. Ballance received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley,
in 1989. He is presently Research Associate Professor of Computer Science
at UNM, and Associate Director, AHPCC. Dr. Ballance's interests include
object-oriented software design and programming techniques; software
engineering; user interface design; understanding, maintaining, and
controlling software and hypermedia systems; system administration;
and cluster computing. His compiler research includes the development
and applications of the Program Dependence Web. Dr. Ballance has published
numerous articles and technical reports in system design, user interfaces,
programming language theory, and object-oriented
Hiroyasu is Associate Professor of the Department of Knowledge Engineering
and Computer Sciences at Doshisha University.
Morris Jette is a computer scientist with the Integrated Computational Resource Management Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His primary research interest is computer scheduling, from individual tasks and processors to distributed applications running across a computational grid.
Laros III is employed by Sandia National Labs as a Principal Member
of the Technical Staff, where he is currently involved in research
and development of technologies that can be applied to large cluster
and MPP systems.
obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Bahrain, Bahrain, in 1992 and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, in 1998. He is currently
a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. His research interests
include network middleware, computer networks, cluster and grid computing,
and object-oriented distributed systems.
Moreira received B.S. degrees in physics and electrical engineering
in 1987 and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1990, all from
the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. degree in
electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
in 1995. Dr. Moreira is a Research Staff Member and Manager, Modular
System Software, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Since
joining the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1995, he has been
involved in several high-performance computing projects, including
the Teraflop-scale ASCI Blue-Pacific and ASCI White. Dr. Moreira is
the author of over 30 publications on high-performance computing. He
is currently the spec lead for the Java Community Process proposal
to add multidimensional arrays to Java. In the Blue Gene project, he
is the system software architect for this family of massively parallel
Michael S. Warren is a staff member in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. (1994) in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in physics and B.S. in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology (1988). His research in computational astrophysics extends from modeling the behavior of supernova explosions to understanding the structure and evolution of the universe. Warren has been a frequent user of many of the fastest parallel machines in the world for the past 15 years. He is a four-time winner of the Gordon Bell prize for significant achievement in parallel processing (1998, 1997 [two], and 1992), and the co-winner of the Intel Grand Challenge Computing Award (1992).