CS Professor William Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, received the SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (SIAG/SC) Career Prize at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing and Scientific Computing. This prize is awarded every two years to a senior researcher who has made broad, distinguished contributions to the field of algorithms research and development for parallel scientific and engineering computing.
Gropp has been with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois since 2007. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, he had been at Argonne National Laboratory since 1990. There he was a senior computer scientist from 2000 to 2007 and associate director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division from 2000 to 2006.
His research interests include parallel computing, software for scientific computing, and numerical methods for partial differential equations. He played a major role in the development of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and is coauthor of MPICH, one of the most widely used implementation of MPI.
Gropp is also one of the designers of the Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation (PETSc) parallel numerical library and has developed efficient and scalable parallel algorithms for the solution of linear and nonlinear equations. In addition, he is involved in several other advanced computing projects, including performance modeling and the development of programming systems and algorithms for extreme scale systems.
Gropp is the chief applications architect and co-PI on the Blue Waters sustained petascale computing facility on the University of Illinois campus. He is also director of the Parallel Computing Institute in the Coordinated Science Lab.
Gropp is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and SIAM. He received the IEEE Computer Society's Sidney Fernbach award in 2008. He received the IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing in 2010. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
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