Keynote Speakers

Dr. Steven Ashby, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Steven Ashby is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, of the U.S. Department of Energy, which address critical challenges in energy, environment, and national security. He is active the computational science and engineering programs of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and in planning the US’s exascale simulation initiative. Before joining PNNL in 2008, Dr. Ashby spent over 20 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was the founding director of LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing and led the Advanced Scientific Computing program for the Department of Homeland Security. He is an expert in polynomial iterative methods and adaptive preconditioning techniques for large sparse linear systems. His work includes large-scale scientific simulation with application to electromagnetics and subsurface flow and transport, numerical linear algebra, and massively parallel computing. Ashby earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1987.

Dr. Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jack Dongarra holds appointments at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 and in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing’s award for Career Achievement. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Jim Sexton, Program Director of Computational Science Center, Senior Manager, T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM

Dr. James Sexton is the Program Director for the Computational Science Center and a senior manager at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Sexton received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University, NY. His areas of interest lie in High Performance Computing, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics and Analytics. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Sexton held appointments as Lecturer then Professor at Trinity College Dublin, as postdoctoral fellow at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has held adjunct appointments as Director and Founder of the Trinity Center for High Performance Computing, as a Board Member for the Board of Trinity College Dublin, as Senior Research Consultant for Hitach Dublin Laboratory, and as a Hitachi Research Fellow at Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo. Dr. Sexton has over 70 publications and has participated on three separate Gordon Bell Award winning teams.

Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Qatar Foundation

Dr Thomas Zacharia serves as the Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation, where he contributes to QF’s overall mission by advancing and promoting the organization’s research initiatives. Before joining Qatar Foundation, Thomas was a senior administrator at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Previously a Professor at the University of Tennessee and College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr Zacharia has published extensively on his research, won patents for inventions and been widely recognized as an expert in his field. In addition to serving as a postgraduate and postdoctoral advisor to dozens of students, Thomas has served on the boards of academic and industry institutions and groups. Thomas earned his PhD in Engineering from Clarkson University, his MA in Materials Science from the University of Mississippi and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College. He is a fellow of the American Welding Society and a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and the American Society for Metals.

Session Speakers

Mayez Al-Mouhamed, KFUPM

Mayez Al-Mouhamed specializes in computer architecture, parallel algorithms and programming, and robotics. He has over 80 publications in the above areas. He received the Silver Medal from the International Geneva Conventions in 2012 and was awarded the Certificate of Distinguished Research Project, First Degree, Golden, from KACST for his work in Robotics in 2006. He also received many Excellence Awards from KFUPM for his accomplishments in research, teaching, and services. In HPC related issues, he worked on parallel compiler restructuring for automatic and directive-based parallelization. Also he extensively analyzed the issues of array organization in parallel memories and proposed systematic address mapping schemes to favor predefined data access patterns. Currently he is working on the design of restructuring tools for optimizing CUDA programming and exploring new programming methodologies for the efficient implementation of some hierarchical algorithms on GPUs.

Dr. Raed Al-Shaikh, Data Storage Management Leader, EXPEC Computer Center, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Raed Al-Shaikh is the Data Storage Management Leader at the EXPEC Computer Center, Saudi Aramco, and has more than 12 years of experience in Large-Scale High Performance Computing. Dr. Al-Shaikh received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and his areas of interest lie in the Peer-to-Peer Computing, High Performance Computing, and Distributed Mobile File Systems. Dr. Al-Shaikh has served as an independent HPC consultant for several private and governmental sectors in Saudi Arabia, and is the co-designer of a number of patented HPC-related projects, such as the Paradise Distributed File System test-bed, the Data Distribution Service (DDS) modeling into HPC, and the Dynamic Grid Computing Technique for Reservoir Simulation. Dr. Al-Shaikh has authored several IEEE and ACM publications in the fields of HPC, Grid Computing and Distributed File Systems.

Dr. Khaled Alhussan, Space Research Institute, KACST

Dr. Khaled Alhussan received his Ph.D. from George Washington University, Washington, DC in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department in 2003, developing a comprehensive Computational Fluid Dynamics Code (CFD) using Finite Volume Methods (FVM). He developed a program on simulation for solid mechanics at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in 2004 and has been associated with the Space Research Institute at KACST since 2005. He developed a program on simulation of nanomaterials at KACST in 2005. He has been Chief Editor of the Journal of Fluid Dynamics, and session chair in various international conferences, such as the World Scientific and Engineering Academy Society and Computational Methods in Engineering. He is an editor of the International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Science.

Derek Burke, Sales, Panasas

Derek Burke currently manages the Panasas partner sales, marketing and business development strategy across the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Since gaining a school-leaver scholarship with IBM UK Ltd, Mr. Burke has held senior marketing and business development positions at General Electric, Silicon Graphics and MSC.Software. In recognition of his training and professional achievements, Mr. Burke has recently achieved Membership status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (under UK Royal Charter).

Dr. Yongman Choi, Lead Scientist, Chemical Analysis, SABIC

YongMan Choi is a Lead Scientist in the Chemical Catalysis Department at SABIC Technology Center in Riyadh and a Visiting Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY. His PhD studies in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, GA, focused on obtaining rate constants related to the mechanism of soot formation, both experimentally and theoretically. He has extensively applied computational chemistry in various research areas (i.e., chemical kinetics, fuel cells, and heterogeneous catalysis) to interpret experimental findings and to design novel materials. He has co-authored over 45 publications and was a named inventor on 9 patents. He currently focuses on designing novel materials in heterogeneous catalysis.

Dr. Francois Bodin, Co-Founder, CAPS

François BODIN co-founded CAPS (www.caps-entreprise.com) in 2002 while he was a Professor at University of Rennes I and since January 2008 has joined the company as CTO. His contributions include new approaches for exploiting high performance processors in scientific computing and in embedded applications. Prior to joining CAPS, François held various research positions at the University of Rennes I and at the INRIA research lab.

Ramsey Bunama, Staff Scientist, STC-Riyadh

Ramsey Bunama is a staff scientist and leader of the advanced technology platform at STC-Riyadh. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada. His specialization includes thermo-fluids, process modeling, reliability analysis, and computational fluid dynamics. He has more than 20 years of academic and industrial experience in oil and gas, nuclear R&D, and petrochemical industries. He is a licensed engineer in Alberta and Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Herbert Cornelius, Technical Director, Intel Advanced Computing Center, EMEA, Intel

Dr. Herbert Cornelius is Technical Director of the Intel Advanced Computing Center in EMEA and manages the Intel Parallel Applications Center worldwide, focusing on scalable parallel algorithms/applications and its implementation based on multi- threading and message passing utilizing multi-core/multi-processor cluster platforms. Prior to this position he was the EMEA Technical Marketing Manager Enterprise Computing und New Technologies Enabling. He joined Intel in 1993 as Computational Scientist in the Scalable Systems Division EMEA and has held various technical and management positions in the areas of Applications and Software Engineering. Before joining Intel, he served as Manager Supercomputing Europe at Fujitsu and worked at Cray Research from 1983 to 1990. Prior he worked as Assistant Professor for Applied Mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe. Cornelius received a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Mathematics and Informatics from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Francois Courteille, Solution Architect, NVIDIA

F. Courteille got a MS degree in Computer Science from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Lyon in 1977. He worked for more than 30 years as technical leader in HPC, first as pre-sales application project leader at Control Data Corporation on the supercomputer vector lines (CYBER 2xx and ETA) before moving to Convex then NEC (SX PVP line and Earth Simulator) to lead the Western Europe pre-sales and benchmark teams. He has specialized in high performance computing application software porting and tuning on large scale parallel and vector systems with a specific interest on dense and sparse linear algebra. Today as Solution Architect at NVIDIA he is helping to design and/or promote high performance computing solutions (hardware & software) using GPUs.

Patrick Demichel, HP

Patrick Demichel earned a computer architecture degree from the Control Data Corporation Institute in Paris in 1975.
He worked for Hewlett Packard 32 years on scientific computing: real-time computing on the HP1000, hardware, software, and linux on the HP9000,
then 5 years on development of IA64 processor. For 8 years he has been “senior HPC architect” with focus on largest projects in EMEA, always with a focus on hardware/software interactions and performance tuning; from CPU to IO disk/IB, etc.
His focus is now on emerging technologies: sensors, memristors, photonics, low power, etc.

Dr. Ali Dogru, Chief Technologist, Computational Modeling, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Ali H. Dogru is the Chief Technologist, Computational Modeling at Saudi Aramco’s Advanced Research Center and a Visiting Scientist at MIT. His primary areas of interest are parallel reservoir simulation, reservoir engineering, large scale parameter estimation and high performance computing. He received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. His industrial experience includes Core Labs Inc., Mobil R&D and Saudi Aramco. His academic experience includes various research and teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the Technical University of Istanbul, the Norwegian Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. He chaired the Society of Petroleum Engineers JPT Special Series Committee 2004-2008, served on various SPE committees including SPE R&D Technical Section, 2008-2011, chaired Mathematical Methods in Large Scale Simulation Conference organized by SPE and SIAM in 2012. Dogru received the 2008 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, the 2010 World Oil Innovative Thinker’s award, the 2010 ADIPEC Best Technology Award, and SPE’s John Franklin Carll award in 2012. He is a member of SIAM, SPE and EAEG.

Fritz Ferstl, Chief Technology Officer, Univa

Fritz Ferstl brings 20 years of grid and cloud computing experience to Univa, and as the Chief Technology Officer he will help set technical vision while spearheading strategic alliances. Fritz, long regarded as the father of Grid Engine and its forerunners Codine and GRD, ran the Grid Engine business from within Sun Microsystems and Oracle for the past 10 years, taking it from an upstart technology to the most widely deployed workload management solution in some of the most challenging data center environments on the planet. Under Fritz’s leadership Grid Engine was open sourced and has grown a vibrant community.

Dr. Eng Lim Goh,Chief Technology Officer, SGI

Dr. Eng Lim Goh joined SGI in 1989, and was later appointed Chief Engineer in 1998 and then Chief Technology Officer in 2001. He oversees technical computing programs with the goal to develop the next generation computer architecture for the new many-core era. In 2005, InfoWorld named Dr. Goh one of the World’s 25 Most Influential CTOs. That same year he was also included in the HPCwire list of “15 People to Watch.” In 2007, he was named “Champions 2.0″ of the industry by BioIT World magazine, and received the HPC Community Recognition Award from HPCwire. Dr. Goh is a frequent industry speaker and he continues to discuss, in different forums, innovative technologies and their applications.

Before joining SGI, Dr. Goh worked for Intergraph Systems, Schlumberger Wireline and Shell Research. A Shell Cambridge University Scholar, Dr. Goh completed his Ph.D. research and dissertation on parallel architectures and computer graphics, and holds a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Birmingham University in the U.K. Dr. Goh has been granted four U.S. patents, two of which as the inventor and the others as co-inventor.

Leijun Hu, Chief Technology Officer, Inspur Group Co., Ltd.

Leijun Hu serves as Chief Technology Officer of Inspur Group Co., Ltd., in which role he engages with China’s national information and technology development. For decades, he has led realization of high-end server and storage technology transformation and product development with Chinese independent intellectual property rights, such as a mainframe multi-controller massive storage system. He is also the State Council special allowance expert, the Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of High-end Server and Storage Technology, and the postdoctoral mentor of Inspur Group. He has obtained three national science and technology progress awards, five provincial awards, and one significant technological invention award in recent years.

Dr. Johshua Mora, Sr. Member Technical Staff, AMD

Joshua Mora, Sr. Member Technical Staff, AMD. PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics and large scale solvers for state of the art High Performance Computing Systems. Research, development and consultancy on hardware and software of High Performance Computing solutions for private (Oil and Gas, manufacturing, Formula 1, cloud) and public sectors (research/academia institutions). Member of High Performance Group of Spec, HPC advisory council and HPC society. Current research on programming models, algorithms for Exascale and HPC support of world wide customers at Advanced Micro Devices.

Naoki Shinjo, Senior Vice President, Next Generation Technical Computing Unit, Fujitsu Limited

Naoki Shinjo is a Senior Vice President of the Next Generation Technical Computing Unit in Fujitsu Limited. His work experience in Fujitsu starts from development of a vector supercomputer system, known as VP2000. Since then, he developed vector parallel supercomputers and large SMP enterprise servers. Recently, he led the development team of the K computer and is working on the architecture and technologies for the exascale system. He received his Master of Science degree from University of Tokyo in 1987.

Laurent Thiers, Director for Strategic Sales Technical, DataDirect Networks (DDN)

Laurent Thiers is the Director for Strategic Sales Technical and a senior manager at DataDirect Networks (DDN). Laurent Thiers received his degree of engineer (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) in General Engineering from ECAM, France. His areas of interest lie in High Performance Computing Storage, Parallel File Systems, Cloud Storage and Analytics. Laurent is accountable for designing DDN’s Solutions together with Strategic End-Users and DDN’s key HPC Partners. He works cross functionally with the leadership of DDN’s Product Management, Engineering & Sales to offer Very High Performance and Hyper Scale Solutions that meet or exceed customer’s expectations.

Prior to joining DDN in 2001, Laurent Thiers held appointments at Procter & Gamble & Alcatel-Lucent. During his tenure at P&G, Laurent was SAP HR Project Manager, System Analyst and ABAP/4 Programmer. Prior to joining P&G, Laurent held UNIX System Administrator position at Alcatel Contracting Indonesia. In addition to English, Laurent is fluent in French, but feel free to engage him in Bahasa Indonesia and “ein wenig of Deutsch” too.

Dr. Xavier Vigouroux, Business Development Manager, Extreme Computing, Bull

Dr. Xavier Vigouroux is Business Development Manager for Bull’s Extreme Computing business, for the Education and Research sector. He joined Bull in 2006 to lead the benchmarking team, now an integral part of the Applications and Performance HPC center. He previously worked for HP, Sun Microsystems, and Sun Labs. Xavier is a graduate of ENS Lyon, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in parallel computing in 1996.

Ian Wardrope, Sales Director, HPC Fabrics, Intel EMEA

Ian Wardrope is the Sales Director for HPC Fabrics at Intel EMEA. Before he was Sales Director at QLogic Corporation in EMEA, working on storage, networking and HPC. Prior to this position he held positions in Technical and Sales Management at Quantum Corporation. He joined Intel in 2012 as part of the QLogic InfiniBand acquisition. He received a degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Coventry University.

Patrick Wohlschlegel, Pre-Sales Engineer, EMEA, Allinea

Patrick Wohlschlegel graduated from Bordeaux Graduate School of Engineering (ENSEIRB) and specializes in parallelism and distributed systems. He started his career in Japan at the University of Kumamoto before joining IBM in Paris as a pre-sales benchmarker. He was given the opportunity to create an HPC activity within an IBM Business Partner, Overlap Group, which allowed him to learn more about other technologies, like virtualization and cloud computing. Patrick is now EMEA pre-sales engineer at Allinea Software.

Tutorial Speakers

Dr. Georg Hager, Research Scientist, Erlangen Regional Computing Center

Georg Hager holds a PhD in Computational Physics and has more than 15 years of experience in scientific high performance computing. He is now a senior researcher in the HPC Services group at Erlangen Regional Computing Center (RRZE). Current research interests cover architecture-specific optimization, performance modeling on processor and system levels, and hybrid programming. His textbook “Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers” is recommended reading in HPC-related courses around the world. In 2011 he shared the “Informatics Europe Curriculum Best Practices Award” for outstanding activities in the field of teaching parallel computing.

Dr. Aron Ahmadia, Research Scientist, Columbia University

Dr. Aron Ahmadia obtained his PhD from Columbia University 2010, and has been extensively involved in the usage of Python for large-scale scientific computing. Dr. Ahmadia was one of the principal developers of PyClaw, a hyperbolic PDEs solver package implemented in Python that has been successfully scaled to all 65,536 cores of KAUST’s Shaheen supercomputer. Dr. Ahmadia’s expertise ranges from numerical methods for partial differential equations to combinatorial and convex optimization, with application areas as diverse as adaptive optics, semiconductor lithography, ice sheet modeling, and coral reef ecology. Dr. Ahmadia is a contributor to several well-known scientific packages in Python, including IPython, numpy, and mpi4py.