November 11, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 11 -- Thomas Sterling, Arnaud & Edwards Professor in the LSU Department of Computer Science who holds a joint appointment with the Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, will be honored during Supercomputing 2009, Nov. 14-20 in Portland, Ore., as one of five inaugural fellows of the International Supercomputing Conference, or ISC.
ISC will present Sterling and the other fellows with their awards during a special ceremony at the ISC booth on Monday, Nov. 16, the opening night of the Supercomputing Conference exhibition. A small reception for the recipients will take place after the ceremony.
ISC is Europe's premier conference on high-performance computing systems and their related tools, technologies and applications, and will exhibit during Supercomputing 2009. Since the 2010 conference, which will take place May 31-June 3, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, marks ISC's 25th anniversary, the organizers wanted to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to create successful exhibitions and presentations, growing this annual event. The ISC Selection Committee chose Professor Sterling as one of its five inaugural fellows.
Sterling, a former NASA and Caltech scientist who invented the Beowulf supercomputing cluster that now is the building block of the world's supercomputing systems, has been involved with ISC since its inception, and is a frequent presenter at the conference. During ISC 2009, Sterling was a conference keynote speaker, and gave a presentation on petaflops scale computing, where machines are capable of running 1,000 trillion calculations per second.
At LSU, Sterling leads the Systems Science and Engineering focus area within CCT. He and his research team have spent the past several years working on the ParalleX project to investigate how parallel computing environments can run effectively on large-scale machines.
"I am honored to receive this award from ISC, and I think this speaks highly of LSU's contributions to the worldwide high-performance computing research community," Sterling said. "The work taking place here is guiding efforts nationally and internationally that will shape what next-generation supercomputers will look like."
Source: LSU Center for Computation & Technology
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