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Kathryn Kelley
SC07 Communications Chair

Sidney Fernbach Award to be Given to Pioneer in Scalable Numerical Algorithms
Award Highlights Outstanding History Makers in High Performance Computing

Reno, NV – September 28, 2007  David Keyes of Columbia University has been named the recipient of the 2007 Sidney Fernbach Award.

This award is given by the IEEE Computer Society for innovative uses of high performance computing in problem solving. The award will be presented at SC07, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis held November 10-16 in Reno, NV. Keyes will give a plenary lecture on November 14 at 2:15 p.m. as part of a special awards session.

Keyes, the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development of scalable numerical algorithms for the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations and exceptional leadership in high-performance computation.

Dr. Keyes is world-renowned for contributions to “Newton-Krylov-Schwarz” methods for the efficient solution of nonlinear partial differential equations on high performance computers. These methods are at the heart of many applications, including aerodynamics, radiation transport, acoustics, and magnetohydrodynamics. They have been incorporated into open mathematical software libraries that have enabled hundreds of users to make efficient use of parallel computers, from small clusters to the world’s largest computers. He also has played a major role in the high-performance computing community through his professional service and leadership of the DOE SciDAC TOPS center.

 “Dr. Keyes is well deserving of this prestigious award.  He has made major advances in both the theory and application of scalable numerical algorithms, and in so doing, has enabled the simulation of many important physical phenomena.  Keyes is proof that Fernbach’s spirit is alive and well,” said Steven Ashby, SC07 Awards Chair of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award honors innovative uses of high performance computing in problem solving. This award was established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for the solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for innovative approaches and outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers.

More information on the presentation is available at

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