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July 15, 2014

National Computing Leaders to Keynote HPC Symposium

BOULDER, Colo., July 15 — Two of the nation’s leaders in state-of-the-art cyberstructure research and development will be the keynote speakers at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s 4th annual High Performance Computing Symposium in August. Registration is open to the general public.

Irene M. Qualters, Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastrucre (ACI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Rajeeb Hazra, Vice President of the Intel Data Center Group and General Manager for Intel’s Technical Computing Group, will speak at the Aug. 12-13 event, set for the Wolf Law Building on the main campus of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder).

The symposium, which brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students, is an outgrowth of past symposiums sponsored by the Front Range Consortium for Research Computing. The Consortium was expanded in 2013-14 to include academic and research institutions in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana and Utah.  It is home-based at the University of Colorado.

This year’s symposium will feature sessions designed specifically for students at member institutions. Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in the field of high performance computing, interview and resume skills, and learn strong presentation skills. The symposium will also feature special beginner level tutorials for students who wish to learn how to use a variety of advanced computing skills in their research.

Under Qualters’ direction, the ACI holds responsibility for setting the NSF’s vision, strategy, planning and coordination for Research Cyberinfrastructure. She oversees a $200 million annual budget for programs supporting the acquisition, development and provisioning of Cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and services – all essential to the conduct of 21st century science and engineering research and education.

An expert in parallel computer system architectures and a wide variety of software applications and operating systems, she came to the NSF in 2009 after a distinguished 30-year career in industry, holding executive leadership positions at both Cray Research and Merck Research Labs. Qualters holds degrees from Duquesne University and the University of Detroit.

Hazra, the holder of 16 patents in signal processing, is responsible for driving Intel’s business of high-performance computing and workstations, successfully ramping the company’s new Many Integrated Core (MIC) product line in technical computing and other segments, and leading fabric product development.

Hazra has held a number of key positions at California-based Intel after earlier working with Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

Starting with Intel in 1994 as a software engineer focused on video compression/decompression technologies, he was honored by the company with its “Achievement Award” for breakthroughs in that field.   Prior to assuming his current position, he served as director of Intel’s Systems Technology Lab, and director of Supercomputing Architecture, where he was responsible for strategic research and development engagements with Intel’s supercomputing customers.

A frequent conference presenter, he has contributed to numerous technical publications and refereed technical journals. Hazra holds degrees from Jadavpur University, India, and The College of William & Mary in Virginia.

To learn more about the symposium or to register, visit the symposium website at or call (303) 735-3838. More about RMACC and its member institutions is available at

Source: RMACC

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