World Experts Speak to SC10 Thrust Areas during Plenary Sessions
Climate modeling, heterogeneous and data intensive computing featured

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – September 29, 2010 - World Experts Speak to SC10 Thrust Areas during Plenary Sessions Climate modeling, heterogeneous and data intensive computing featured NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – September 29, 2010 - The world’s most renowned experts on new trends and applications in high performance computing in academia and industry are scheduled to speak during the plenary sessions at SC10 this November.

Plenary talks provide attendees with information that comes straight from the sources: the people involved in the most forward-thinking research, and those who create the technological innovations that result in sweeping changes worldwide. Speakers include key the scientific leaders and researchers shaping major national and international projects in environmental science, advanced visualization technologies, and regional grid computing infrastructures.

As the 23rd annual conference in the series, SC10 will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 13–19, 2010. More than 11,000 attendees from industry, academia and government are expected to travel to New Orleans to participate. This year, the conference Technical Program has selected presentations that highlight three thrust areas: climate simulation, heterogeneous computing and data-intensive computing.

"We chose these plenary speakers because they have played pivotal roles in the fields we are highlighting at SC10, and are some of the most visionary and talented professionals in science and high-performance computing today," said Barry V. Hess, SC10 General Chair and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Sandia National Laboratories.

“These speakers are the best and brightest in the world, working in fields that have direct impact on the world and our place in it,” added Ricky Kendall, chair of the SC10 Technical Program and Group Leader for the Scientific Computing Group at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. “The plenary talks are designed to stimulate new ideas, and to keep people thinking.”

Speakers this year include:

William Dally, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, NVIDIA

Bill Dally joined NVIDIA in 2009 as chief scientist, after spending 12 years at Stanford University, where he was chairman of the computer science department and is presently the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Engineering. Dally and his Stanford team developed the system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing and synchronization technology that is found in most large parallel computers today. He received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a doctorate in Computer Science from Caltech. Dally’s talk will focus on the role that GPUs may play in next-generation exascale supercomputing systems.

Terry Davies, Ph.D., Research Fellow, UK Met Office
Terry Davies joined the Met Office in 1975 after completing his PhD on Heat and Mass Transfer in Fluid Flow at Liverpool University. In his early Met Office career he worked in weather forecasting and later spent four years at ECMWF, where he was part of the team developing a semi-Lagrangian high-resolution version of the ECMWF model. He has spent most of his career developing atmosphere models for numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate for the Met Office. Davies will outline his view of the next 20 years of climate prediction and research.

Robert Jones, Ph.D., Project Director, Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE)
Bob Jones is the Project Director of the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project funded by the European Commission, which aims to build on recent advances in grid technology and develop a service grid infrastructure that is always available to scientists. Previous experience in the grid arena includes his mandate as Technical Coordinator and then Deputy Project Leader for the EU DataGrid, a flagship grid project of the European Commission. He is a member of the advisory board for several grid-related European and ESFRI national projects as well as Associate Editor for the FGCS (Future Generation Computing Systems) journal. Jones completed his doctoral thesis in Computer Science at Sunderland University while working at CERN and has been involved in several research projects for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator. Jones will address the ways in which large scale cyber infrastructure must evolve in order to allow scientific communities to manage the vast amounts of data they are gathering.

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