Argonne National Laboratory

Thakur elected at-large member of ACM Special Interest Group on HPC

July 22, 2013

Rajeev Thakur, deputy division director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, has been elected a member-at-large of the ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC).

SIGHPC's mission is to disseminate research and experiences in high-performance computing, mentor and educate the next generation of HPC professionals, and provide a liaison between HPC and the larger computing and scientific communities. The Executive Committee is responsible for approving all major management policy decisions of SIGHPC. The committee includes two at-large members, elected for three-year terms. Thakur’s term began July 1.

Thakur has been actively involved in the HPC field for the past 20 years. He has served on the committees of several HPC conferences, particularly the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing conference series. He also has close ties to a broad spectrum of people in the HPC community in academia, industry, and research laboratories in the US, Europe, and Asia.

“ACM SIGHPC is a new organization, and it is already quite active and successful, attracting more than 1,000 members in its first year,” said Thakur. “I hope to use my background, experience, and connections to ensure that the community's interests continue to be well served by SIGHPC.”

Thakur received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1995. He then joined Argonne’s MCS Division, where he developed the ROMIO implementation of MPI-IO and was involved in the development of MPICH, a high-performance, portable implementation of the Message Passing Interface standard and winner of an R&D 100 award. He was promoted to senior scientist in 2011.