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Keynotes: The Dawn of a New Era in Supercomputing

Pavan Balaji

Computer Scientist
Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Keynote Session Chair:
Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

The Dawn of a New Era in Supercomputing


Supercomputing systems are used everywhere today. Starting with their humble beginnings as tools for large scientific simulations, supercomputing systems are used in almost all aspects of our daily lives today from interactions with friends and family to transportation, education, and the general improvement in the quality of our lives.  As we move from the current generation of supercomputers to the next generation of more powerful systems, all the way to Exascale supercomputers, the needs of end users and their applications is increasing and more importantly broadening the way in which these systems are used.  In this talk I'll discuss some of the new challenges of this new breed of supercomputing applications and how we need supercomputing systems to evolve to meet these challenges.


Dr. Pavan Balaji holds appointments as a Computer Scientist and Group Lead at the Argonne National Laboratory, as an Institute Fellow of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and as a Research Fellow of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. He leads the Programming Models and Runtime Systems group at Argonne. His research interests include parallel programming models and runtime systems for communication and I/O on extreme-scale supercomputing systems, modern system architecture, cloud computing systems, data-intensive computing, and big-data sciences. He has nearly 200 publications in these areas and has delivered nearly 200 talks and tutorials at various conferences and research institutes. Dr. Balaji is a recipient of several awards including the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (Middle Career) in 2015, U.S. Department of Energy Early Career award in 2012, TEDxMidwest Emerging Leader award in 2013, Crain's Chicago 40 under 40 award in 2012, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director's Technical Achievement award in 2005, Ohio State University Outstanding Researcher award in 2005, six best paper awards, one best paper finalist, and one best poster finalist. He has served as a chair or editor for nearly 50 journals, conferences and workshops, and as a technical program committee member in numerous conferences and workshops. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a professional member of the ACM.

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