SC is the International Conference for
High Performance Computing, Networking,
Storage and Analysis

• Overview• Schedule• Awards• Birds-of-a-Feather• Disruptive Technologies• Doctoral Showcase• Event Maps• Masterworks• Panels• Papers• Posters• Scientific Visualization Showcase• State of the Practice• Student Cluster Competition• Tutorials• Workshops



Masterworks consists of invited presentations that highlight innovative ways of applying high-performance computing, networking, and storage technologies to the world's most challenging problems. At SC11 you can hear the masters describe how innovations in computing are fueling new approaches to addressing the toughest and most complex questions of our time.

"Uncertainty Quantification in Hypersonic Propulsion Systems"

Juan J. Alonso

is an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University. He joined the faculty in 1997 shortly after receiving a PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is the founder and director of the Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL) where he specializes in the development of highfidelity computational design methodologies to enable the creation of realizable and efficient aerospace systems.

"Recent Applications of CFD to the Design of Boeing Commercial Airplanes"

Doug Ball

is the chief engineer for Aerodynamics, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Doug received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1974 and his Master of Science degree in 1975. Upon graduation he joined the General Dynamics Corporation as an aerodynamicist on the F-16 fighter program. He joined The Boeing Company in 1977 where he has held many assignments within the aerodynamics configuration area, including CFD methods development, high lift design, nacelle design and integration, and wing design supporting the 757, 767 and 737 programs. He was promoted into management in October 1993 as the manager of the High Speed Civil Transport high speed aerodynamics group. In 1997 he was promoted to Chief Engineer, Enabling Technology and Research where he was responsible for aerodynamics, acoustics and propulsion technology development. He was promoted to chief engineer, Aerodynamic Characteristics and Flight Performance in June of 2009 focusing on production and fleet support, accident/incident investigations, flight manual production and aerodynamic flight test certification of the 787-8 and 747-8. He became the chief engineer for all of Aerodynamics in May, 2011. He has served as a consultant to NASA, the National Research Council, the U. S. Air Force, and The Ohio State University. In 2006 he received a distinguished alumni award from the Ohio State University College of Engineering.

"Vehicle shape optimization for reducing aero dynamic drag"

Mr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki

, general manager with Toyota Motor Corporation, leads crashworthiness, occupant protection, human FE modeling and computational fluid dynamics areas of Advanced CAE division. He has 26 years experiences in developing new methodologies, validation, application of large scale computing systems including automotive body structures and chassis systems subject to static and dynamic loading conditions. Mr. Yasuki has been utilizing stochastic crash analysis since 1998. Mr. Yasuki holds a B.S. and an M.S. in naval architecture engineering from Osaka University and joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980. Mr Yasuki received Best paper award of Japan Society of Automotive Engineers in 2011 and 2007 and Fellow Engineer of Japan Society of Automotive Engineers in 2010. He was a Member of council of Japan society of mechanical engineers in 2008, Steering committee member of Global Human Body Model Consortium in 2006 and Vice chairman Human FE model working group of Japan automotive manufacturers association in 2004.

"Realtime Estimation of Distributed Parameters Systems: Application to Large Scale Infrastructure Systems"

Alexandre Bayen

received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in July 1998, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in June 1999, and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in December 2003. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley since January 2005, and an Associate Professor since 2010. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009.

"A Digital Reality: The Modeling & Simulation behind making everyday life a little better"

Tom Lange

(BSChE University of Missouri-Columbia 1978) joined Procter & Gamble in May, 1978 as a Product Technical Engineer. Tom has spent his 33+ year career modeling and simulating formulations, products and production systems... from how aerodynamics affect roasting peanuts, to how baby sizes affect the probability of a urine leak in a diaper. In his current role as Director, Modeling & Simulation, R&D, Tom leads P&G’s efforts to Virtualize innovation from atoms to the store shelf. His responsibilities include disciplines that range from Consumer in-Market response, Computational Chemistry & Biology, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), to Production System Reliability. In addition to his internal responsibilities, Tom represents P&G externally in the Public-Private partnership, NDEMC (National Digital Engineering Manufacturing Consortium) aiming to bring High Performance Computing and Modeling & Simulation to Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers in the U.S..

"The IBM Jeopardy! Challenge"

Eddie Epstein

(BEE Georgia Tech) led the effort to scale out IBM's Watson Question/Answering system over thousands of compute cores in order to compete against human Jeopardy! champions. He is currently working on commercialization of Watson technology in Medical and other domains. For the previous seven years he has been manager of the IBM team doing ongoing development of Apache UIMA. Originally an internal IBM Research project, Apache UIMA is an open source, highly scalable, multimodal framework used to create applications doing deep analysis of natural human language text and speech. Earlier at IBM he contributed to the creation of the IBM Tangora System, the world's first large vocabulary automatic speech recognition system, and then led the group responsible for creating IBM's ViaVoice and WebSphere Voice Server speech recognition engines. Before coming to IBM, Mr. Epstein worked at Technicon Instruments on development of the first automated white blood cell differential system based on flow-through cytochemical analysis, and later managed the early development of the Technicon H1 Hematology analyzer.

"Solving Business Problems with HPC"

John D. Holt,

PhD, is a Senior Architect for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of Reed Elsevier, an information provider that serves customers in more than 100 countries with more than 30,000 employees worldwide. LexisNexis Risk Solutions helps customers manage risk and identity verification in various industries such as financial services, insurance, health care, government and law enforcement. Dr. Holt directs various projects such as the evolution of the Insurance Applications Systems to help assess risk and detect fraud, and the LexisNexis High Performance Cluster Computing platform, called HPCC Systems. HPCC Systems is an enterprise-proven, open source Big Data processing platform to help customers manage large and complex queries. Dr. Holt has been with LexisNexis for 36 years. Prior positions have included system architecture for the Risk Solutions Fabrication Systems, system architecture for the LexisNexis online system, project management, product management, and product development. Dr. Holt holds a PhD and an MS in Computer Science from Wright State University, an MBA from Wright State University, and a BS in Data processing from the University of Dayton.

"Visual Computing: Making Sense of a Complex World"

Chris Johnson

directs the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. Dr. Johnson founded the SCI research group in 1992, which has since grown to become the SCI Institute employing over 200 faculty, staff and students. Professor Johnson serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to several national research centers. Professor Johnson has received several awards, including the the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF) award from President Clinton in 1995 and the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology from Governor Michael Leavitt in 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and received the Utah Cyber Pioneer Award. In 2010 Professor Johnson received the Rosenblatt Award from the University of Utah and the IEEE Visualization Career Award.

"High Performance Computing for Silicon Design"

Shesha Krishnapura

is responsible for Intel IT data center strategy, development of High Performance Computing (HPC) and distributed workstation cluster computing solutions for Silicon Design and optimal platform foundation for Enterprise Computing. Additionally, Shesha is leading the enablement of Intel Architecture (IA) based solutions in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry and driving EDA application vendors to bring just-in-time IA optimized solutions for silicon design engineers. He is strategically influencing world-wide EDA end customers to adopt best-in-class design compute solutions based on Intel multi-core processors. Shesha has held a variety of technical and management positions since joining Intel in 1991. He has MS degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

"Grand Challenges in Fusion Energy Sciences & Computing at the Extreme Scale"

William M. Tang

is Director of the Fusion Simulation Program at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) --the U. S. Department of Energy (DoE) national laboratory for fusion energy research, Professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University (since 1979) and Executive Board for Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE). Professor Tang is internationally recognized for his leading role in developing mathematical formalism & associated computational applications dealing with electromagnetic kinetic plasma behavior in complex geometries with over 200 publications – with more than 140 peer-reviewed papers in Science, Phys. Rev. Letters, Phys. Fluids/Plasmas, Nuclear Fusion, Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 1979) and many other honors. He is a member, DoE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) -- appointed by Energy Secretary Steven Chu for 2009-2012 and Principal Investigator for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team from 6 national laboratories, 2 companies, and 9 universities to carry out 2-year (2009-2011) program definition and planning of DoE’s Fusion Simulation Program (FSP). Also, Principal Investigator of current multi-institutional DoE INCITE Project on “Advanced Simulation of Plasma Microturbulence at the Petascale and Beyond.” (2011-2013) and U.S. Principal Investigator for the new G8 Exascale Project in Fusion Energy -- an international HPC collaboration involving the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia -- with associated international hardware access. (2011-2013).

"Modeling Infectious Disease Transmission: Eradicating Malaria and Other Diseases"

Karima R. Nigmatulina, PhD

is a Program Manager in the Epidemiological Modeling (EMOD) group at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. She leads a group that is developing epidemiological modeling software that is intended to support infectious disease eradication campaigns worldwide. Dr. Nigmatulina also spends time consulting with TerraPower, LLC as a Director in the domain of Russian Business Development. Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Nigmatulina was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, in addition to research, she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the Sloan School of Management, for which she was nominated for teaching awards. As a consultant at Analytics Operations Engineering, Dr. Nigmatulina worked on developing warehouse picking and stocking optimization schemes. Algorithms that she developed provided substantial decreases in labor costs for the client. While at Alfa Capital in Russia, Dr. Nigmatulina formulated and applied a procedure for researching and appraising Russian equities. She has also spent time managing correspondence in the Committee of International Relations in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Her doctoral work has been published in papers and a book chapter. For her research in the area of pandemic influenza, Dr. Nigmatulina received the first place award at the NAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy in 2008. Her undergraduate thesis was awarded the Ahmet S. Cakmak Prize. Additionally, she is an early contributor to MIT BLOSSOMS – Blended Learning Open Source Science of Math and Studies, offering interactive learning videos for high school math and science classes. Her learning video is called “Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph Theory”. Dr. Nigmatulina received her Ph.D. from MIT in Operations Research in 2009. She received her B.S.E from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering as well as certificates from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Finance, Engineering and Management Systems, and Dance departments.

"The D-Wave One™ quantum computing system: Initial performance characterization"

Dr. Geordie Rose

is a founder and Chief Technology Officer of D-Wave. He is known as a leading advocate for quantum computing and physics-based processor design, and has been invited to speak on these topics in venues ranging from the 2003 TED Conference to Supercomputing 2011. His innovative and ambitious approach to building quantum computing technology has received coverage in MIT Technology Review magazine, The Economist, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature and Science magazines, and one of his business strategies was profiled in a Harvard Business School case study. Dr. Rose holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia, specializing in quantum effects in materials. While at McMaster University, he graduated first in his class with a BEng in Engineering Physics, specializing in semiconductor engineering. He is a two-time Canadian national wrestling champion and the 2010 NAGA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu light heavyweight world champion.

"HPC Use at Dreamworks"

Dr Lincoln Wallen

is Head of Research and Development at Dreamworks Animation. He was formerly CTO at Electronic Arts Mobile where he was instrumental in shaping EA's approach to the mobile business, which saw EA deliver a strong portfolio of mass market mobile games, as well as games delivering a next-generation consumer experience. Prior to joining EA, Lincoln was with Criterion Software and MathEngine. His early career involved 20 years of professional IT and mathematics research, including two years as BP Venture Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and latterly as a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

"Unification of High-End Computing with the Real-Time Data-Acquisition and Control"

Frederica Darema

is with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Prior to that she held executive level positions at NSF, as Senior Science and Technology Advisor, and Senior Science Analyst at NSF, and also served on a 2-year assignment at DARPA. Prior to that, Dr. Darema was at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center a Research Staff Member and as Research Group Manager of a group on parallel application she established in the Computer Sciences Department at IBM/Watson. While at IBM, she also served in the IBM Corporate Technical Strategy Group, where she led taskforces on corporate-wide strategies. Dr. Darema holds a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. Her interests and technical contributions span the development of parallel applications, parallel algorithms, programming models and environments, and performance modeling methods for parallel and distributed systems. Dr. Darema has received several awards for her work, including being elected IEEE Fellow for proposing the SPMD (Single-Program-Multiple-Data) computational model that has become the predominant model for programming parallel and distributed computing systems. At NSF, Dr. Darema developed initiatives and programs that have been characterized as “visionary” and as having “changed the landscape of Computer Science research”.

"Turbomachinery CFD and HPC at General ElectricGeneration "

Brian E. Mitchell

, is the manager of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at GE Global Research with responsibility for the development of computational tools for turbomachinery aerodynamics which are used actively in the design of GE jet engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, wind turbines, and gas compressors. During his 15 year career at GE, Dr. Mitchell has been involved with the development of GE’s in-house turbomachinery Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver as well as various aeromechanics and aeroacoustics projects. Dr. Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

"Digital Pathology and Pediatric Cancer Research…HPC, It’s In There!"

Dave Billiter

is the Informatics Director at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Mr. Billiter completed his undergrad degree at Ohio Northern University, received his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, and has a Masters in Business Administration/Health Care Administration from Columbia Southern University. Mr. Billiter has over 13 years in Information Technology as a business analyst, project manager, business development and director of operations. He is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, Southwest Oncology Group, and the Cooperative Human Tissue Network. He is a Steering Committee member of the Group Banking Committee (National Cancer Institute), as well as, the Co-Chair of the Informatics Subcommittee. Mr. Billiter and his Informatics Core received the TopCAT (Top Contributors Advancing Technology) and Healthcare Heroes award for their efforts in informatics innovation. Mr. Billiter and his team focus on informatics development to support personalized/predictive medicine in the aim to increase the cure rates affiliated with disease and decrease the side effects associated with treatment through its innovative solutions and agile approach.

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