Thakur of MCS to Be Technical Program Chair of SC12

March 27, 2012

Rajeev Thakur, senior scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory, will be technical program chair of the SC12 conference.

SC is the premier international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. As technical program chair, Thakur will be responsible for the entire technical program for SC12, including technical papers, tutorials, posters, workshops, panels, invited speakers, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.

Thakur has been actively involved in the SC conference series. He was technical papers co-chair for SC11, system software area co-chair for SC10, and tutorials co-chair for SC09.

One of the challenges facing Thakur as overall technical program chair in 2012 will be the move to a virtually real-time method of determining the program thrusts.

"To ensure that the technical program focuses on the most recent research, we are launching a new approach, using data mining and polling to determine emerging technical issues,” said Thakur. “By exploiting social media, we will also provide opportunities for interacting with selected speakers before the conference."

Thakur received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1995. He then joined Argonne’s MCS Division, where he has been actively involved in MPICH2, a high-performance, portable implementation of the Message Passing Standard and winner of an R&D 100 award. Thakur also has worked on parallel I/O for many years and was the original developer of the ROMIO implementation of MPI-IO. Currently, he is involved in several exascale-related projects, including the DOE-funded Center for Exascale Simulation for Advanced Reactors and the International Exascale Software Project that is developing a roadmap for research needed for exascale.

SC12 will take place Nov. 10–16, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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