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Keynote Presentation (Thursday, July 23, 2009, 8:30 - 9:15 am)

Rupak BiswasRupak Biswas
Division Chief (acting) of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, NASA Ames Research Center, USA

"NASA Supercomputing and It's Impact on Agency Missions"


As acting chief of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, Dr. Rupak Biswas oversees the full range of high-performance computing services for NASA's primary supercomputing center. This work encompasses managing about 150 research and development (R&D) scientists, engineers, and support staff comprised of civil servants and contractors. His key responsibilities are setting high-level objectives for the division, creating and maintaining a productive, high-impact computational facility, and coordinating closely with both Ames and NASA Headquarters management.

Dr. Biswas is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of parallel programming models and paradigms; benchmarking and performance characterization of emerging and innovative architectures for high-end computing systems; novel partitioning and load balancing techniques for large-scale computational science problems; and scheduling algorithms for distributed computing environments. Due to his broad knowledge in advanced computing technologies and federal agencies, Dr. Biswas was chosen to serve as a member of the inter-agency High End Computing Revitalization Task Force (HECRTF), as a mission partner representative on the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Project, and one of five expert panelists to assess all high-end computing R&D activities in Japan.

Biswas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, and has been at NASA ever since. During this time, he has received several NASA awards, and two Best Paper prizes given at the international "SC" conferences on high performance computing, networking and storage. He has published more than 130 technical papers on a variety of scientific computing topics in archival journals and at major peer-reviewed conferences, given numerous talks at home and abroad, and edited several journal special issues.

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