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Najib Abusalbi, Schlumberger
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Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista
As Chief Development Officer, Andy Bechtolsheim is responsible for the overall product development and technical direction of Arista Networks.

Previously Andy was a Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, where most recently he was responsible for industry standard server architecture. Andy was also a Founder and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet startup acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996. From 1996 until 2003 Andy served as VP/GM of the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco that developed the very successful Catalyst 4500 family of switches. Andy was also a Founder and President of Kealia, a next generation server company acquired by Sun in 2004.

Andy received an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and was a Ph.D. Student at Stanford University from 1977 until 1982.

Jay Boisseau, Texas Advanced Computing Center
John (“Jay”) R. Boisseau is the director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. Since assuming this position in June 2001, TACC has rapidly grown into one of the leading advanced computing centers in the world by developing and deploying powerful HPC, remote visualization, data storage, and grid computing technologies for researchers. Boisseau participates and guides the overall resources & services, research & development, and education & outreach programs of the center, and serves as the principal investigator for TACC’s two largest awards: the NSF TeraGrid institutional lead, and the ‘Track2’ petascale computing system to be deployed in late 2007. His specific activities include performance characteristics of high-end computing systems and microprocessors, and the development of grid technologies and portals for computational science. His newest interest is the application of HPC and grid technologies to computational biology and biomedicine.

Boisseau started his training at the University of Virginia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics in 1986, while working in various scientific computing positions. He continued his education at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his master in astronomy in 1990, then took a position at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center while in 1994 while conducting computational research on Type IA explosion mechanisms, which he completed in 1996. He then moved to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he eventually founded and became the Associate Director of the Scientific Computing Department, initiating and leading several major activities of the center in HPC and grid computing.

William C. Brantley, Ph.D., AMD
William Brantley is the manager of HPTC Performance at AMD. He has contributed to the design and analysis of NUMA systems beginning in the 1970s at CMU, at IBM TJ Watson Research Center, and now at AMD. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1978.

Owen Brazell, Schlumberger
Owen Brazell has 28 years experience in the oil industry working in both Sesimic processing and in reservoir simulation. For the last 15 years he has worked with Schlumberger mostly in the reservoir simulation field.

He is currently the High performance computing architect with the Reservoir simulation Portfolio working on the future performance of the range of Schlumberger simulators on new and forthcoming hardware platforms. In this he works closely with both the chip manufacturers and the hardware vendors to help get the best out of the hardware.

Henri Calandra, Total
Henri Calandra obtained his M.Sc. in mathematics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987 from the Universite des Pays de l’Adour in Pau, France. He joined Cray Research France in 1987 and worked on seismic applications. In 1989 he joined the applied mathematics department of the French Atomic Agency. In 1990 he started working for Total SA. After 12 years of work in high performance computing and as project leader for Pre-stack Depth Migration Research, he became head of Total USA’s Geophysics Research Group for 3 years in 2002 and  coordinated Depth Imaging Research for the worldwide group until mid 2007 He is now technical  advisor in depth imaging and high performance computing.

Peter Carragher, BP
Pete Carragher currently holds the position of Vice President, Geoscience and Exploration in BP’s Access and Exploration Unit, which is responsible for the renewal of BP’s oil and gas resource base.  The worldwide scope of Access & Exploration at BP includes accessing new resources, identifying new areas of exploration potential and delivering the company’s exploration program.

Pete has been involved in oil and gas exploration for over 35 years, and has evaluated and drilled prospects in most of the world’s oil and gas provinces.  Since 2003, Pete has reported to the Group Vice President of Access and Exploration, working on the development and continuous improvement of BP’s exploration strategy and performance, Exploration Common Process, seismic contracting plan and organizational capability.

Prior to the merger with BP, Pete served as Manager, Upstream Portfolio Analysis for Amoco’s E&P segment.  He previously led the development and implementation of exploration risk assessment techniques and portfolio management processes.  Pete graduated with a degree in geology from King’s College, London in 1974.

Bob Clapp, Stanford
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André B. Erlich, Schlumberger
Vice President Technology & Innovation since May 2006, André was previously Schlumberger’s Chief Information Officer from May 2002. André Erlich has joined Schlumberger in 1974 as a software engineer developing real-time acquisition and processing systems. Throughout his career he developed, managed and turned-around numerous projects and various R&D, manufacturing, technology, IT and business development and M&A organizations in an international and multicultural setting.

André’s professional interests are focused on R&D and innovation, software engineering, large and complex software and IT projects, processes and methodologies as well as on database technologies, system architecture and real time and business applications.

André holds a M.Sc in Automatic Control and B.S in Electronic Engineering, both from Wroclaw Technical University, Institute of Technical Cybernetics (Poland). In his rare spare time André enjoys tennis, skiing, scuba diving and windsurfing as well as photography, reading, theatre and jazz.

Paul Fjerstad, Chevron
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Haohuan Fu, Stanford
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Keith Gray,  BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP's Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire's People to Watch 2006.

Dave Hale, Colorado School of Mines
Dave Hale received a B.S. in physics from Texas A&M University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University in 1983. Dave's career of over 30 years in geophysical computing includes 20 years in industry. He has worked as a field seismologist and research geophysicist for Western Geophysical, as a senior research geophysicist for Chevron, as an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines, as a chief geophysicist and software developer for Advance Geophysical, and as a senior research fellow for Landmark Graphics. In 2005, Dave returned to Mines as the C.H. Green Professor of Exploration Geophysics.

David Judson, Western Geco
David Judson has been developing software for the Geophysical industry for over 30 years since joining DIgicon Geophysical in 1974 He was one of the founders of CogniSeis Development which became part of Paradigm In 2000 he joined WesternGeco where he is currently responsible for evaluating hardware and software technology for use in high performance computing.

Scott Lathrop,
Scott Lathrop splits his time between being the TeraGrid Director of Education, Outreach and Training (EOT) at the University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory, and being the Blue Waters Technical Program Manager for Education for NCSA. Lathrop has been involved in high performance computing and communications activities since 1986. Lathrop coordinates education, outreach and training activities among the eleven Resource Providers involved in the TeraGrid project. He coordinates undergraduate and graduate education activities for the Blue Waters project. Lathrop is Co-PI on the NSF funded Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program. Lathrop coordinated the creation of the SC07-11 Education Programs and is the SC11 Conference Chair. Lathrop is project manager for a Department of Education Atlantis project in collaboration with the Cyprus Institute.

Olav Lindtjorn, Schlumberger
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Tim Mattson, Intel
Tim Mattson is an applications programmer (Ph.D. Chemistry, UCSC, 1985). He does linear algebra, finds oil, shakes molecules, solves differential equations, and models electrons in simple atomic systems. He has spent his career working with computer scientists to make sure the needs of parallel applications programmers are met.

Tim has had the good fortune to work with brilliant people on truly great projects. Among these are (1) the first TFLOP computer (ASCI Red), (2) the OpenMP API for shared memory programming, (3) the OpenCL programming language for heterogeneous platforms, (4) programming Intel's first TFLOP chip (the 80 core research chip), and (5) the design and software architecture of Intel’s 48 core research chip.

Dr. Mattson is also engaged in a long term research program with UC Berkeley’s ParLab on abstractions that bridge across parallel system design, parallel programming environments, and application software. This work builds on his book “Design Patterns in Parallel Programming” (written with Professors Beverly Sanders and Berna Massingill and published by Addison Wesley). The patterns provide the “human angle” and help keep his research focused on technologies that help general programmers solve real problems.

Bill Menger, Fusion Petroleum Technologies, Inc.
Bill Menger is Vice President of Seismic Processing Technology and IT for FPTI.  Bill worked as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy prior to joining Conoco in 1982 to work on magnetotellurics and electrical methods.  Bill has also worked on multicomponent seismic, data management, and seismic processing systems for Conoco and ConocoPhillips.  He left Conoco for three years to join AGS, working on Kirchhoff and demultiple techniques.  He returned to Conoco to help implement Kirchhoff migration on their first 4-node cluster in 1999.  Bill managed software and High Performance Computing for ConocoPhillips until 2009.  In addition to his current job, Bill maintains the CPSeis open-source seismic processing system and is President of the Society of HPC Professionals.

Steve Messenger, Schlumberger
Steve Messenger has 15 years of experience with high performance and grid applications in a variety of fields.  He has worked for Schlumberger for the last 5 years as part of the Simulator team.  He is currently Senior Systems and Deployment Engineer, his responsibilities include System performance testing, Integration with Job schedulers, Certification and whatever else comes along!

Paulius Micikevicius, NVIDIA
Dr. Paulius Micikevicius is a Developer Technology Engineer at NVIDIA with a focus on parallel computation, where he spent a significant portion of time on the analysis and prototyping of seismic codes. Prior to joining NVIDIA, he was an assistant professor of Computer Science at Armstrong Atlantic State University as well as a research associate at the Media Convergence Laboratory at UCF. Paulius holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Computer Science from Midwestern State University.

Scott Morton, Hess Corporation
Scott Morton has 25 years of experience in computational and theoretical physics distributed between academia, the computer industry and the petroleum industry. Although originally trained as an astrophysicist, he switched to geophysics when he joined Shell in 1991 to do research and development in seismic imaging. Scott spent the next 7 years distributed between Shell, Thinking Machines, Cray Research and SGI, gaining expertise in both geophysics and computational science as well as earning an R&D 100 award.

In 1998 Scott settled down at Hess Corporation and helped build one of the first Linux PC clusters used for seismic imaging. He has recently spearheaded the petroleum industry's effort at doing seismic imaging on GPU (graphics processing unit) clusters. Scott currently manages the Geophysical Technology Development group in Hess Corporation's Global E&P Technology department and is responsible for monitoring, adopting, developing and testing new geophysical and computational technologies.

Jan E. Odegard, Rice University
Jan E. Odegard joined the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Technology Institute) at Rice University as Executive Director in 2002. In this role he led the development and deployment of large scale competing resources in support of research. Today, the computational resources deployed at Rice supports the research of over 100 faculty members and close to 500 users. The majority of users are engaged in research in science and engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice (1996) in the area of digital signal processing and served as executive director for the Computational Mathematics Laboratory (1996-1997), and Center for Multimedia Communication at Rice (1998-1999). In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Stavanger in Norway as Associate Professor and served as department chair (2000-2001).

David Powers, Eli Lilly
Dave Powers is a senior systems engineer in Research and Development IT at Eli Lilly and Company, a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical Company. Dave has 20 years of IT experience in large enterprise environments including large installation system administration for UNIX/Linux environments, storage architectures and High Performance Computing. Most recently, Dave has led the movement into cloud computing for Eli Lilly and Company with an emphasis on Infrastructure as a Service for high performance computing applications for Discovery Research.

Jason Stowe, CycleComputing
Jason Stowe is the founder and CEO of Cycle Computing, a leading provider of open-source, High Performance Computing (HPC) technology on internal desktops, servers, and in the Cloud. Leveraging its expertise with internal HPC, Cycle helps clients provision large-scale, secure HPC clusters in the cloud on demand. Cycle supports open-source Condor & Hadoop, as well as PBS/SGE, to provide innovative functionality and reduce costs in managing small clusters to environments of 30,000+ CPUs. Jason attended Carnegie Mellon and Cornell Universities, guest lectured at Cornell's Johnson Business School, and sits on Amazon's Customer Advisory Board.

Bill Symes, Rice University
Symes' current research interests center around the relation between the coefficients of linear partial differential equations and their solutions, and on so-called inverse problems posed in terms of this relation. Inverse problems for PDEs governing wave propagation are important in seismology, where the solutions represent measurable physical fields and the coefficients mostly inaccessible distributions of mechanical properties in the Earth's subsurface. Both modeling and inversion are of great importance in seismic exploration for oil and gas as well as in environmental and engineering geophysics, crustal studies, and ocean acoustics. Professor Symes's recent work has concentrated on velocity estimation, i.e., inference of the index of refraction of the earth's interior from seismic waves recorded at the surface. To further investigation of such problems in an industrial context, Professor Symes founded The Rice Inversion Project in 1992. This industrial research consortium is sponsored by a number of firms in the oil and computer industries. Its activities encompass theoretical investigations, development of algorithms and software, and experimentation with field data.

Chap Wong, Chevron
Chap Wong, Senior Staff Architect at Chevron Energy Technology Company, Technical Computing, has over twenty five years experience with Chevron in supporting upstream technical computing. Chap has involved in architecting the large Chevron upstream cluster since 2001. Chap graduated from National Taiwan U. with a degree in E.E. and a master degree in Computing Science from TAMU.




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