For those of you who haven’t yet heard the sad news: Suresh Shukla, a leader and advocate of high performance computing at Boeing, passed away on October 15. Boeing shared some thoughts about Suresh and about what he meant to the community, which I’ll pass along:
As an internationally recognized expert and high performance computing (HPC) champion, Suresh Shukla was considered a pioneer.
Having joined The Boeing Company in 1977, Suresh is credited for his vision and contribution toward the development of Boeing’s HPC Center. Boeing relies on this resource to effectively and efficiently design and develop ever-more complex products, with a continued focus on quality and cost.
Long-time friend and HPC peer Barry Sharp, reflects, “Suresh had an uncanny knack for knowing what was going to be needed over the horizon, then negotiating with and informing HPC suppliers in the design of super-computing hardware and software to address future Boeing engineering requirements.“
“I was not surprised that HPCwire named Suresh as part of its worldwide watch list of Top People to Watch for 2004,” Sharp says. “His legacy is surely one the HPC community would acknowledge as being instrumental to allowing U.S. companies such as Boeing to maintain industry leadership.”
As a result of Suresh’s significant contribution and leadership, Boeing currently operates an exceptionally competitive, stable and scalable set of HPC resources, capable of supporting Boeing’s continued growth and competitiveness for years to come. Boeing honors Suresh for his work and contribution to this important area.