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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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2022: Supercomputing Oddities

SESSION: Cray/Fernbach/Kennedy Award Recipients Talks

EVENT TYPE: Award Presentations & Award Talks, Keynote & Plenary Talks

TIME: 9:00AM - 9:30AM

SESSION CHAIR: Barbara Chapman

Presenter(s):Satoshi Matsuoka

ROOM:New Orleans Theater


Throughout my career my research topics were often not straightforward, but rather embodied various unconventional elements that stemmed from supposedly a variety of influences, such as my early years as a Commodore/Nintendo hacker, training in theoretical computer science and computer graphics/user interfaces, as well as curiosity for new but often wacky technologies. These and other elements blended together perhaps gave birth to early work which were at the time may have seemed unconventional but today have seen reincarnations in their modern forms. For example in the early 1990s I saw the potential of commodity 3D graphics engines evolving into mainstream HPC computing elements, but discounted by most of the HPC field at the time, and it was true that most of the nascent work in the area was promising but not useful in practice. However as soon as programmable rendering pipelines in GPGPUs emerged the tide turned and it thankfully lead to TSUBAME series of supercomputers and this accolade whose credit should be shared with my collaborators and sponsors over the years. Now circa 2014 we are facing the exascale challenge and beyond, as well as extreme demands on big data leading to convergence of HPC and the latter infrastructures; these challenges are taxing the physical limits of our conventional IT, and likely not be able to overcome with traditional scale outs or evolutions in architectures and software. Rather, leading up to 2022 and beyond, the challenge is to be “odd”, or how to harness the unconventional so that we could overcome the challenge so that we can sustain our path to or even leapfrog exascale and bring on revolutionary changes to HPC, clouds, big data, etc. Such is where investments should be made and makes our involvement in supercomputing exciting.

Satoshi Matsuoka has been a Full Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), a Japanese national supercomputing center hosted by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, since 2001. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. He is the leader of the TSUBAME series of supercomputers, including TSUBAME2.0 which was the first supercomputer in Japan to exceed Petaflop performance and became the 4th fastest in the world on the Top500 in Nov. 2010, as well as the recent TSUBAME-KFC becoming #1 in the world for power efficiency for both the Green 500 and Green Graph 500 lists in Nov. 2013. He is also currently leading several major supercomputing research projects, such as the MEXT Green Supercomputing, JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience, as well as the JST-CREST Extreme Big Data. He has written over 500 articles according to Google Scholar, and chaired numerous ACM/IEEE conferences, most recently the overall Technical Program Chair at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC13) in 2013. He is a fellow of the ACM and European ISC, and has won many awards, including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, awarded by his Highness Prince Akishino, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012, and recently the 2014 IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, the highest prestige in the field of HPC.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Barbara Chapman (Chair) - University of Houston

Satoshi Matsuoka - Tokyo Institute of Technology

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