Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Re-Configurable EXASCALE Computing

Scott Snibbe

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Steve Wallach
Chief Scientist and co-founder of Convey Computers, an adviser to Centerpoint Venture partners, Sevin-Rosen, and Interwest, and a consultant to the US DOE ASC (Advanced Scientific Computing) program at Los Alamos

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Abstract:

HPC research is focused on achieving ExaFlop/ExaOP performance by 2020. Unlike reaching a PetaFlop, the general consensus, is that vastly new: programming paradigms, hardware architectures, interconnects will be needed (as well as new power plants). This presentation will be focused on increasing uni-processor performance and the role of application specific heterogeneous computing and compilers play in evolving processor architecture.

Biography

Steve Wallach is currently Chief Scientist and co-founder of Convey Computers, an adviser to Centerpoint Venture partners, Sevin-Rosen, and Interwest, and a consultant to the US DOE ASC (Advanced Scientific Computing) program at Los Alamos. Previously he was V.P. of technology for Chiaro Networks and was co-founder of Convex Computers, their chief technology officer and senior V.P. of development. After Hewlett-Packard bought Convex, Wallach became the chief technology officer of the large systems group. He was also a visiting professor at Rice University 1998-1999. Prior to Convex, he was manager of Advanced Development for Data General. His efforts on the MV/8000 are chronicled in “The Soul of a New Machine”. From 1970 to 1975, he was a senior engineer with Raytheon Missile Systems Division, Bedford, Massachusetts.

Wallach received a B.S.E.E. from the Polytechnic University, New York (formerly Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn), and a M.S.E.E. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Boston University.

Wallach has 33 patents and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow and was a founding member of PITAC, (The Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee).

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