HPC Career Notes: December 2022 Edition

By Mariana Iriarte

December 1, 2022

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!


Ana Assis

IBM appointed Ana Paula Assis, general manager of IBM Europe, Middle East & Africa, as its chairman of Europe, Middle East & Africa regions. Under this role, Assis is responsible for leading IBM’s AI and Hybrid Cloud strategy in the region.

In addition to her current responsibility for IBM’s business operations, client satisfaction and employee engagement in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Assis will also be responsible for IBM’s relationship with the European Union as well as other institutions across the region.

Lakshmikant Bhupathi and Scott Clark

Ayar Labs appointed Lakshmikant Bhupathi as its vice president of products and strategy and ecosystem. Bhupathi joined Ayar Labs following twenty years with Marvell Semiconductor in a variety of design, technical marketing and product roles. Bhupathi also served as the president and marketing chair for the NBASE-T alliance (since merged with the Ethernet Alliance).

In addition, Ayar Labs appointed Scott Clark as its vice president of manufacturing and operations. Clark comes to Ayar Labs with extensive manufacturing, supply chain and operations senior leadership experience, most recently as vice president of supply chain at Corsair Gaming.

Nora Denzel 

AMD appointed Nora Denzel as the lead independent director of its board of directors. Denzel has served on the AMD board of directors since 2014, most recently as chair of the compensation and leadership resource committee. She brings more than 25 years of experience in technology, data center and software through executive management positions at Intuit, HP, EMC and IBM and as interim CEO of Redbox.

Denzel has served on the boards of eight public companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Ericsson, SUSE Linux and NortonLifeLock. She also serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in Washington, D.C. and was named an emeritus board member after over a decade of service on the board of AnitaB.org, a nonprofit dedicated to getting more women into computing.

Jem Davies

Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) appointed Jem Davies as chair of the board of directors. Davies will help NAG execute on transformative strategy, focus on product and service innovation, and explore new market positions. Davies has held a number of senior roles in industry, including at IP technology firm Arm as vice-president, fellow and general manager with responsibility for the machine learning group.

“I am proud to have been selected to chair this prestigious company that plays such an important role in computing,” said Davies. “Building on NAG’s great reputation for trust and quality, I am looking forward to helping this world leader enter new markets at a transformational time.”

Tony Fadell, Paul Jacobs, and Rosemary Schooler

Arm appointed Tony Fadell to its board of directors. Fadell currently serves as principal at the Build Collective, an investment and advisory firm coaching deep tech startups. Fadell has served as senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone.

In addition, Dr. Paul Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XCOM Labs and former CEO and executive chairman of Qualcomm Inc., joined the board of directors at Arm. Jacobs currently serves as director of Dropbox, Inc. and FIRST.

Lastly, Rosemary Schooler, former corporate vice president and general manager of data center and AI sales for Intel, joined the board of directors at Arm. During her 33-year career at Intel, Schooler managed and oversaw sales and corporate strategy for the company’s IoT business.

Jeffrey Giannetti

WekaIO appointed Jeffrey Giannetti as its chief revenue officer. Previously, he served as CRO at Cleversafe and Deep Instinct and has held several sales leadership positions at companies, including Sun Microsystems, Digital Ocean, and Forcepoint.

“WEKA has a remarkable vision to address fundamental issues that have plagued the data management industry for decades, delivering a more customer-centric approach to support the next-generation workloads that will power the future,” Giannetti said. “I believe the WEKA Data Platform is the technology that customers need, now more than ever, and WEKA’s people and culture are second to none. It’s an honor to join the company at this critical point in its trajectory to help build an elite global salesforce that will take this rocket ship to new heights.”

Shelagh Glaser

Synopsys, Inc. appointed Shelagh Glaser as its chief financial officer. Glaser comes to Synopsys from Zendesk, a software-as-a-service CRM company, where she served as the chief financial officer for the last two years. Before Zendesk, Glaser spent over 29 years at Intel, including serving as CFO and chief operating officer for Intel’s data platform group and client computing group.

“I’m excited to join Synopsys at this pivotal time, as we build on the company’s success over the past 35 years, its strong financial foundation, and industry leadership across the business,” said Glaser. “Synopsys’ position as a catalyst for the electronics industry and the growing importance of silicon and software to an expanding array of verticals, coupled with ambitious business growth plans, drew me to this opportunity. I look forward to leveraging my financial, strategic and operational experience in scaling large businesses as we work together to achieve our ambitions.”

Chin Guok

Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) appointed Chin Guok as its chief technology officer. Guok joined ESnet over 25 years ago and has led many innovative projects during that time, including the On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS) project. He will continue to lead the planning and innovation department.

“I am honored to be asked to take on this new position at ESnet,” said Guok. “ESnet has long been at the forefront of scientific networking and I am excited to have a larger role in guiding its future success.”

Kelly Gurr and Donna Hacker 

Q-CTRL appointed Kelly Gurr as head of marketing. Gurr will lead Q-CTRL’s marketing efforts across Australia, the U.S. and Europe and work closely across all multidisciplinary global functions.

In addition, Q-CTRL appointed Donna Hacker as head of finance. Hacker will lead, manage and build all facets of Q-CTRL’s accounting and financial endeavors to enable the long-term health and financial stability of the company and achieve strong financial performance.

Chung-hsing Hsu and Wu-chun Feng

SC22 named Chung-hsing Hsu of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Wu-chun Feng of Virginia Tech as winners of the 2022 Test of Time Award (ToTA). They are recognized for their SC05 paper entitled “A Power-Aware Run-Time System for High Performance Computing.” For more information on the winner and the paper, click here.

The Test of Time Award is presented annually to a single paper published in the SC Conference Proceedings. ToTA recognizes an outstanding paper that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. It is a mark of historical impact and recognition that the paper has changed HPC trends.

Arvind Krishna 

Northrop Grumman Corp. appointed Arvind Krishna, chairman and chief executive officer of IBM, to its board of directors. Krishna became IBM’s chief executive officer in April 2020 and chairman of the board in January 2021. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York board of directors.

Prior to becoming CEO, Krishna was senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software and he also headed IBM Research. He has led the building and expansion of new markets for IBM in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain.

Barbara Novick

Intel Corporation appointed Barbara Novick, co-founder and senior advisor at BlackRock Inc., to its board of directors. Novick will serve as an independent director and join the board’s audit & finance and compensation committees.

“With its compelling IDM 2.0 strategy, vision and drive, Intel is in a position to capitalize on a tremendous opportunity as the world becomes ever more digital,” said Novick. “I am excited to join the board of directors and do my part to help the company transform for long-term success and unlock value for all its stockholders.”

Ravi Kunju 

Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence, appointed Ravi Kunju as its chief product and strategy officer. In this role, Kunju will be responsible for the strategy and vision of Altair products.

Prior to this role, Kunju has served in several leadership roles within Altair, including senior vice president of business strategy across all business lines, vice president of strategy for enterprise computing, managing director of enterprise computing for the Americas region, and managing director of the U.S. North Central region.

Per Nyberg 

ORCA Computing, the full-stack photonic quantum computing company, appointed Per Nyberg as its chief commercial officer. Nyberg spent 17 years at the supercomputing company Cray, where he became vice president with responsibilities for global commercial strategy in artificial intelligence, cloud, and industry vertical markets.

“ORCA Computing is an incredible company. Its cutting-edge photonic technology and unique quantum memory are already creating traction with customers and the wider industry,” Nyberg said. “The company has huge potential and I’m delighted to be working with Richard and the team to lead our global commercial strategy to drive and accelerate our growth.”

Jennifer Schopf 

Dr. Jennifer Schopf joined Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin as director of networking partnerships. Schopf has extensive experience working with a broad set of research teams to improve data transfer times, as well as significant measurement and monitoring experience for both domestic and international networks.

“The priority placed on helping researchers make a difference in their fields was part of what attracted me to TACC,” Schopf said. “EPOC by nature goes beyond the networks to the end points, the software, and the sociology of the application that can define the workflow for many non-technical reasons. It’s my intention to make sure that more institutions know about the resources TACC has to offer in the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, and how TACC helps advance science and research.”

Ashlie Wallace

GlobalFoundries appointed Ashlie Wallace as its senior vice president of global supply chain. Wallace will be responsible for GF’s global supply chain operations including logistics, supply planning, sourcing, and procurement to drive operational efficiency that will support the company’s continued growth.

Wallace brings more than 15 years of experience in technology procurement and supply chain management to GF. Most recently, she served as VP of services supply chain and global logistics for Cisco and was responsible for global logistics operations and the service supply chain. Before joining Cisco, Wallace served in various leadership positions at Dell Technologies including VP of global server procurement and vice president of global inventory management.

Vivien Zapf

Vivien Zapf was appointed as the deputy director of the Quantum Science Center located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Zapf will collaborate with QSC Director Travis Humble and other members of the leadership team to oversee research related to quantum materials, sensors and algorithms as well as continue the center’s steady stream of workforce development activities aimed at identifying and educating the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers.

“With the Nobel prize having just been awarded in the field of quantum entanglement, quantum research is on the cusp of additional breakthroughs that could go in many different directions,” Zapf said. “Knowing that QSC researchers have the potential to contribute to quantum technologies that could have transformative impacts on society is truly awe-inspiring.”

2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize

The Association for Computing Machinery recognized a 16-member team from French, Japanese, and US institutions with the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their project, “Pushing the Frontier in the Design of Laser-Based Electron Accelerators With Groundbreaking Mesh-Refined Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-Class Supercomputers.” The team was recognized at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.

The members of the team are: Luca Fedeli (CEA), Axel Huebl (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), France Boillod-Cerneaux (CEA), Thomas Clark (CEA), Kevin Gott (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Conrad Hillairet (Arm), Stephan Jaure (ATOS), Adrien Leblanc (Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, ENSTA Paris), Remi Lehe (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Andrew Myers (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Christelle Piechurski (GENCI) Mitsuhisa Sato (RIKEN), Neil Zaїm (CEA), Weiqun Zhang (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Jean-Luc Vay (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Henri Vincenti (CEA).

Read our coverage.

2022 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research

The Association for Computing Machinery recognized an international team with the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research award for their paper entitled “GenSLMs: Genome-Scale Language Models Reveal SARS-CoV-2 Evolutionary Dynamics.” The team was recognized at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.

The winning team members are Maxim Zvyagin, Alexander Brace, Kyle Hippe, Yuntian Deng, Bin Zhang, Cindy Orozco Bohorquez, Austin Clyde, Bharat Kale, Danilo Perez-Rivera, Heng Ma, Carla M. Mann, Michael Irvin, J. Gregory Pauloski, Logan Ward, Valerie Hayot, Murali Emani, Sam Foreman, Zhen Xie, Diangen Lin, Maulik Shukla, Weili Nie, Josh Romero, Christian Dallago, Arash Vahdat, Chaowei Xiao, Thomas Gibbs, Ian Foster, James J. Davis, Michael E. Papka, Thomas Brettin, Rick Stevens, Anima Anandkumar, Venkatram Vishwanath, and Arvind Ramanathan.

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2022 Argonne Distinguished Fellows

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory named Amgad Elgowainy, Zein-Eddine Meziani and Rajeev Thakur as Argonne Distinguished Fellows in 2022. For more on each Fellow, click here.

“Argonne serves the nation by accelerating science and technology for prosperity and security,” said Argonne Director Paul Kearns. ​“This year’s Argonne Distinguished Fellows are known for doing exactly that. They are leaders in innovative research, impactful published work and ongoing engagement with the scientific community and industry.”

2022 NCSA Fiddler Innovation Fellows

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications recognized 24 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and faculty for their outstanding accomplishments in various fields of academic research.  For more on the awardees, click here.

“I am always amazed at the ingenuity and innovation demonstrated by these fellowship award winners,” said NCSA Director Bill Gropp. “The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship is more than funding for interdisciplinary projects. The program fosters an environment for big ideas and spurs collaboration by giving fellows the opportunity to utilize NCSA’s computing resources and work with acclaimed academic, community and industry leaders. We are thankful for Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden’s generous contributions in supporting innovation, collaboration and idea-driven research through this fellowship program.”

SciVis Test of Time Awards

Two Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-led teams received SciVis Test of Time awards at the 2022 IEEE VIS conference. They were recognized for papers that have achieved lasting relevancy in the field of scientific visualization.  For more on the awardees, click here.

“In this paper, the authors resolved massive complexity in the existing techniques by applying a simple discrete model of gradient analysis that could readily be computed at scale,” the committee said. “Cited 231 times, this paper made multiple further developments feasible and established Morse-Smale complexes as a first-class tool in the kit of techniques we apply to data and continues to be relevant to anyone working with topological visualization.”


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