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Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker

SC07 is expanding the frontiers of HPC by challenging the combination of computation, networking, storage, and analysis. The keynote address will kick off this year’s conference, by setting the stage for a new kind of combination – or merger – as the keynote will explain.

Neil Gershenfeld
Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms

Neil Gershenfeld, one of the most innovative scientists in the United States, will be the SC07 keynote speaker on November 13. Co-founder and director of MIT's famed Center for Bits and Atoms, Gershenfeld's work on merging the physical world of atoms with the digital world of bits has ranged from developing molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments to programmable personal fabricators that will allow anyone to make almost anything. His books include FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop -- From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication and When Things Start to Think.

Plenary Speakers

The SC07 Invited Speaker program offers insights by an accomplished group of international experts involved in the cutting edge of computation. The talks will cover a broad range of interdisciplinary, scientific and commercial topics that illustrate the wide impact of state-of-the-art computing and also offer exiting glimpses into the future of our field.

Wednesday, November 14, 8:30 AM

Dr. Raymond L. Orbach
Under Secretary for Science
Department of Energy

Raymond Lee Orbach was sworn in by Secretary Samuel W. Bodman as the Department of Energy’s first Under Secretary for Science on June 1, 2006. President Bush nominated Dr. Orbach for the new position, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, on December 13, 2005, and he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26, 2006.

Secretary Bodman has tasked Dr. Orbach with the department’s implementation of the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative, will help drive continued U.S. economic growth.

The Secretary also has charged Dr. Orbach with leading the Department's efforts to transfer technologies from DOE national laboratories and facilities to the global marketplace, naming the Under Secretary for Science as the Department's Technology Transfer Coordinator, in accordance with the Energy Policy Act, and as chair of the DOE Technology Transfer Policy Board, responsible for coordinating and implementing policies for the Department's technology transfer activities.

Dr. Orbach continues to serve as the 14th Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, a position he has held since the Senate confirmed him and he was sworn in in March 2002. In this capacity, Dr. Orbach manages an organization that is the third largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the United States, the primary supporter of the physical sciences in the U.S., and one of the premier science organizations in the world.

Wednesday, November 14, 9:15 AM

Dr. George Smoot
University of California Berkeley and
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2006 Nobel Prize in Physics

Professor George Smoot was co-awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics "for discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Smoot received Bachelor degrees (1966) in Mathematics and Physics and a Ph. D. (1970) in Physics from MIT. Smoot has been at the University of California Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1970. In April 1992, George Smoot made the announcement that the team he led had detected the long sought variations in the early Universe that had been observed by the COBE DMR. NASA's COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) satellite mapped the intensity of the radiation from the early Big Bang and found variations so small they had to be the seeds on which gravity worked to grow the galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and clusters of clusters that are observed in the universe today. These variations are also relics of creation. Professor Smoot is an author of more than 200 science papers and is also co-author (with Keay Davidson) of the popularized scientific book Wrinkles in Time (Harper, 1994) that elucidates cosmology and the COBE discovery. Another essay entitled My Einstein Suspenders appears in My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy (Ed. John Brockman, Pantheon, 2006).

Thursday, November 15, 8:30 AM

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael M. Resch
Director, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Michael Resch is the director of the Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum Stuttgart (HLRS) / High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart of the University of Stuttgart/Germany and the director of the Department for High Performance Computing at the University of Stuttgart since 2003 holding a full professorship for High Performance Computing. He has a 20 year record in high performance computing. In 1999 he led the group that received the NSF Award for High Performance Distributed Computing at SC’99 and was a member of the group that received the SC2003 HPC Challenge Award in 2003.

Michael Resch led the team that in 1997 for the first time in the history of high performance computing linked two supercomputers in Europe and the US to solve a single great challenge problem. He initiated the first European Grid computing project METODIS in 1998 and has since led a number of European Grid Projects. Michael Resch is a member of the steering board of the German Grid initiative D-Grid, the PI of the German Engineering Grid Computing Project InGrid and a Co-PI of the German Financial Grid Computing Project FinGrid.

He is the chairman of the Technology and Business Council of T-Systems SfR, a member of the HPC Customer Advisory Board of Microsoft, and a member of the advisory board of Triangle Venture Capital. He is the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (CSCS) and the chairman of the NEC User Group (NUG).

He holds an MSc (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in Technical Mathematics from the Technical University of Graz/Austria and a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Engineering from the University of Stuttgart/Germany. In 2002 he held an Assistant Professorship at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Houston,TX.

Thursday, November 15, 9:15 AM

David E. Shaw
D. E. Shaw Research, LLC and Center for Computational Biology and
Bioinformatics,Columbia University

David E. Shaw serves as chief scientist of D. E. Shaw Research, LLC, and as a senior research fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980 and served on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University until 1986, when he turned his attention to the emerging field of computational finance.

In 1988, he founded the D. E. Shaw group, an investment and technology development firm that now has approximately 1,200 employees and $30 billion in aggregate investment capital. In 2001, Dr. Shaw returned to full-time, hands-on scientific research, and now leads a research group in the field of computational biochemistry. His lab is currently involved in the design of novel algorithms and machine architectures for high-speed molecular dynamics simulations of proteins and other biological macromolecules, and in the application of such simulations to basic scientific research in structural biology and biochemistry and to the process of computational drug design.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Dr. Shaw to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, in which capacity he served as chairman of the Panel on Educational Technology. He has since testified before the National Science Board and several Congressional committees on various topics related to science and technology policy.

Dr. Shaw is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was elected to the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000.


Tuesday, Nov 13

Time Session Event Chair/Speaker Location
8:30AM - 10:00AM Keynote Programming Bits and Atoms Ballroom

Wednesday, Nov 14

Time Session Event Chair/Speaker Location
9:15AM - 10:00AM Plenary Cosmology's Present and Future Computational Challenges George Smoot C4 / D1 / D2 / D3
1:30PM - 2:15PM Cray and Fernbach Awards Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award Lecture Kenneth E. Batcher C4 / D1 / D2 / D3
2:15PM - 3:00PM Cray and Fernbach Awards Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award David E. Keyes C4 / D1 / D2 / D3
8:30AM - 9:15AM Plenary The American Competitiveness Initiative: Role of High End Computation Raymond Orbach C4 / D1 / D2 / D3

Thursday, Nov 15

Time Session Event Chair/Speaker Location
8:30AM - 9:15AM Plenary HPC in Academia and Industry - Synergy at Work Michael Resch C4 / D1 / D2 / D3
9:15AM - 10:00AM Plenary Toward Millisecond-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proteins David E. Shaw C4 / D1 / D2 / D3

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