HPC Career Notes: November 2018 Edition

By Oliver Peckham

November 1, 2018

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!


Sarita Adve

The Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society have named Sarita Adve as the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Adve, who is the Richard T. Cheng Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was cited for her research contributions, service to computer science organizations, and mentoring.

Adve co-developed the memory models for C++ and Java and is interested in researching the hardware-software interface. She has also been named a Woman of Vision in innovation by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM Fellow.

David Bader

School of Computational Science and Engineering Chair and Professor David Bader has been named Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing (ACM ToPC).

ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing is a forum for novel and innovative work on all aspects of parallel computing, addressing all classes of parallel-processing platforms.

“I am excited for this opportunity to operate as the Editor-in-Chief of such a prestigious publication for a three-year term. I am a founding board member of ToPC, and follow the founding EiC, Phil Gibbons, in this role,” said Bader.

Mark Gritter

Tintri by DDN has announced that Mark Gritter, Tintri’s co-founder and architect, has joined the new company’s executive team as CTO. Gritter earned his PhD at Stanford, going on to join Kealia, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. He co-founded Tintri in 2008.

“Tintri products have delivered powerful insight and server virtualization capabilities to enterprises for many years,” said Gritter. “With DDN’s broad market reach, significant financial investments, and synergistic data storage technologies, I’m inspired to lead Tintri by DDN’s engineering innovation into broader data management, analytics and hybrid cloud areas.”

Tom Mitchell

Carnegie Mellon University has named Tom Mitchell interim dean of its School of Computer Science. Mitchell co-founded the Center of Automated Learning and Discovery, which became the world’s first machine learning department. He is the E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning and Computer Science.

“I have spent 30 years of my career at Carnegie Mellon because there is no better place for generating and exploring new ideas, and for educating the next generation of leaders in computer science and artificial intelligence,” Mitchell said. “I look forward as interim dean to working with our faculty, staff, and students to move us even further forward, while the university selects our next long-term dean.”

David Shaw

Dr. David E. Shaw has been named recipient of the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Dr. Shaw is chief scientist of D.E. Shaw Research and a senior research fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University. He is being recognized for his designs for special-purpose supercomputers for biomolecular simulations.

Dr. Shaw is a two-time winner of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980, after which he served on the faculty at Columbia University until 1986.

Lisa Su

The Consumer Technology Association has announced that Dr. Lusa Su will deliver a keynote address at CES 2019. Dr. Su is the president and CEO of AMD. Her address is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9 in Las Vegas and will mark the first CES keynote from AMD in show history.

“AMD is transforming the future of computing in our ever-expanding digital world and revolutionizing the $35 billion gaming industry,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “We look forward to Dr. Su’s keynote as she paints a picture of the next-generation of computing that will help redefine the future of gaming and virtual entertainment.”

Andy Watson

WekaIO has announced the appointment of Andy Watson as CTO. In addition to other storage industry roles, Watson was previously the CTO of Minio and the CTO of NetApp. Watson will be responsible for maintaining and guiding WekaIO’s vertical market technology development.

“Andy’s keen understanding of our business, technology expertise, and customer understanding make him well qualified to assume the role of CTO,” commented Liran Zvibel, co-founder and CEO at WekaIO. “We welcome him to the leadership team as we scale the company to deliver significant revenue growth.”


To read last month’s edition of Career Notes, click here.

Do you know someone that should be included in next month’s list? If so, send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

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