***Please Note: This is NOT SEG Special Session 7 to be held Thursday, November 13th. ***


Kim Andrews, Manager Research Computing - Rice University

Kim Andrews comes to Rice from Information Technology at the University of Houston (UH), where he was the Manager of High Performance Computing (HPC). Prior to this position, he was a UH Chemistry faculty member and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Molecular Design, a job attained via a collaborative Rice/UH Keck postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Biology. In addition to being the Manager of HPC, he was the Chairman of UH's IT Change Management Committee and a UH campus-wide instructor of a management development program called Model-netics. Kim received his PhD in Chemistry from Rice University, Master of Arts in Chemistry from Rice University and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Tech University.

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Jim Ballew, CTO - Appro

Before joining Appro, Jim Ballew was Chief Architect for the design and development of high performance computing systems for Raytheon Systems. He was the principal architect for systems developed for NOAA, NASA, DOE, DOD, and classified applications. Most recently Mr. Ballew was responsible for Raytheon's multi-year IR&D program to develop fault tolerant architectures for scalable high performance computing systems based on commodity components. He led the development of a fault tolerant mesh architecture which included cluster management and fabric management software to support large scale applications. This work resulted in the filing of twelve patent applications based on the architecture and software.

In December of 2006, Jim Ballew assumed the role of Lead Technologist at Appro. Jim is responsible for the success of Appro's Next Generation HPC Cluster Management Program acting as a key member of the architecture team which involves planning and coordinating, pilot projects and for running compliance testing programs.

Jim Ballew graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.

Steve Briggs, V.P. Integration & Deployment, Headwave

Steve Briggs has a Masters in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to joining Headwave he was employed by HP's High Performance Computing Division. He has been involved in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 12 years.

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Giovanni Coglitore, Founder, SVP Engineering and CTO - Rackable

Giovanni is one of Rackable Systems' founders and is the company's chief visionary for new product development. Giovanni is responsible for Rackable Systems' overall product direction, including coordination of product vision, product design and development, quality, engineering and product management. Giovanni has led the development of many of Rackable Systems' key innovations, including the half-depth form factor and "back-to-back" mounting design, and most recently the company's award-winning DC Power technology, Scale Out Server Series and C2002. Prior to Rackable Systems, Giovanni served as co-founder and General Partner of International Computing Systems (ICS). He holds a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Cindy Crooks, HPC Consultant - BP

Cindy's undergraduate work was done at Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan. There she earned a BA in Social Studies and Elementary Education. She started her professional career as an elementary school teacher in the Anchor Bay School District, New Baltimore, Michigan. While working there she completed an MAT in Teaching Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Following 10 years as a school teacher Cindy moved to Missouri where she pursued an MS degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since then she has worked as a system administrator for Conoco, CSC (on the Conoco account), and BP. She has just completed her eleventh year with BP.

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William Deigaard, Director of Networking, Telecom. and Data Center - Rice University

William Deigaard is currently the Director of Networking, Telecommunications, and Data Centers, at Rice University.  His teams are responsible for the design, deployment and operations of all campus-wide networking, telephones, and data center facilities.  He is an alum of Rice University and has worked as a full-time staff member 1992.

William's primary interests have do do with communication and information transmission systems.  He is currently enrolled in Rice's Executive MBA program and is fascinated how applicable international relations, finance, marketing, and globalization strategy are to the management of information technology in an academic environment.


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Pradeep Dubey, Senior Principal Engineer - Intel

Pradeep Dubey is a senior principal engineer and manager of Innovative Platform Architecture (IPA) in the Microprocessor Technology Lab, part of the Corporate Technology Group. His research focus is computer architectures to efficiently handle new application paradigms for the future computing environment.  Dr. Dubey received a BS in electronics and communication engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India, an MSEE from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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Keith Gray, Manager of High Performance Computing - 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.

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David Judson, HPC Architect - 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.

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Brian Kucic, Founding Principal - R Systems NA, Inc.

Brian Kucic is the Founding Principal of R Systems NA, inc., a spin out of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). R Systems provides industry with HPC resources and currently has two facilities located in the University of Illinois' Research Park in Champaign.  
Prior to R Systems, Mr. Kucic was the Senior Operations Manager at NCSA from 1998-2006. In this position he was responsible for Tera-Grid helpdesk operations, facilities management and the Advanced Computation Building.

He assisted in the design of the Advanced Computation Building's state of the art machine room addition in 2000. He also served as the Interim Director of NCSA's Private Sector Program from 2006-2007. Mr. Kucic received his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Illinois University.

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Kevin McGrath , Senior Fellow - AMD

Kevin J. McGrath is a Senior Fellow at AMD's Computing System Group He is the architect of AMD's 64-bit extensions and currently works at the AMD Research and and Advanced Development Labs (RADL) focusing on
Accelerated Computing.

Kevin's work experience includes over 20 years in CPU architecture, first for Hewlett-Packard and later for ELXSI and NexGen. His career brought him to AMD, where he has worked on the micro-architecture of the
AMD K6 and AMD Athlon processors, and led the microcode team for those projects. Kevin played a key role in the architecture and development of the AMD Opteron processor, and was the Architecture and RTL manager for
several versions, including the Athlon X2 (dual core) processor. Kevin is the inventor of over 30  microprocessor-related patents. He has a BS in Engineering Rechnology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


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Jan Odegard, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute - 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).

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Matt Reilly, Chief Engineer - SiCortex

In 2002 Matt Reilly and his partners founded SiCortex Inc. to develop Linux cluster systems for the technical computing market. Since completing the development of the first generation systems, Matt has been working with customers and prospective customers to develop applications and techniques that take advantage of the SiCortex architecture. This has afforded him a close look at application areas ranging from seismic imaging to graph analysis.

From 1983 to 2002 Matt was an engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq where he worked on several large multiprocessor systems and four generations of Alpha processor designs, including the EV-6 and EV-8 processors.

Matt earned a BSEE at Virginia Tech and an MSEE and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

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Ty Schmitt, Principal Thermal and Mechanical Architect of Data Center Infrastructure and Data Center Solutions - Dell, Inc.

Ty Schmitt serves as Principal thermal and mechanical architect of Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) and Data Center Solutions (DCS) at Dell, Inc. DCS customers are on the leading edge of IT and facilities innovation and have the greatest density, performance, and energy challenges in their data centers. DCI and DCS partner with customers to meet these challenges with optimized products, services, and solutions.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Schmitt, 38, served 7 years as the Senior Manager of the Enterprise thermal, acoustical and mechanical architecture division at Dell, Inc. In this role, he led a cross functional research and development organization responsible for all forward looking Enterprise enclosure and cooling concepts as well as the development and validation of the resulting thermal and acoustical product designs.

Prior to leading Dell's Enterprise thermal, acoustical and mechanical architecture organization, Mr. Schmitt served 7 years as an Enterprise mechanical architect and lead mechanical engineer responsible for the mechanical development of 10 enterprise and storage platforms.

Mr. Schmitt received a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and holds 37 US patents plus 7 pending.

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Bill Volz, Staff Research Scientist -  Chevron

After graduating from Georgia Tech with a MS Geophysics, Bill Volz started work with Chevron in 1979. During this time Bill worked in a variety of areas, including field work and seismic processing, and then moved to software development areas. Bill's main focus was interactive software tools and visualization. In 1998, Bill received a MS Software Engineering from SMU. Today Bill's focus is high performance computing, including grid computing, GPU and other hybrid computing technologies. Bill now work on the Emerging Technology team seeking, testing and piloting new technologies and ideas.

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Steve Wallach, Chief Scientist and Co-founder - Convey

Steve Wallach is currently Chief Scientist and co-founder of Convey Computers, an adviser to Centerpoint Venture partners, Sevin-Rosen, and Interwest, and a consultant to the US DOE ASC (Advanced Scientific Computing) program at Los Alamos. Previously he was V.P. of technology for Chiaro Networks and was co-founder of Convex Computers, their chief technology officer and senior V.P. of development. After Hewlett-Packard bought Convex, Wallach became the chief technology officer of the large systems group. He was also a visiting professor at Rice University 1998-1999. Prior to Convex, he was manager of Advanced Development for Data General. His efforts on the MV/8000 are chronicled in "The Soul of a New Machine". From 1970 to 1975, he was a senior engineer with Raytheon Missile Systems Division. , Bedford, Massachusetts. Wallach received a B.S.E.E. From the Polytechnic University, New York (formerly Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn), and a M.S.E.E. From the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Boston University. Wallach has 33 patents and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, recipient of the Seymour Cray Award, and was a founding member of PITAC, (The Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee).

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Kenneth Wolverton, Vice President, Facilities Operations and Implementation - CyrusOne

Kenneth Wolverton brings 18+ years of professional experience to CyrusOne with a history of success in building organizations from start-ups to high growth execution models. Prior to joining CyrusOne, Wolverton served as COO of Vivare Paranet. He has held a variety of other senior management positions including, President and Co-Founder of ProBusiness Partners (recently renamed as Plexant), Director of Consulting Operations at Sprint, Vice President of Corporate Operation at Paranet and served as the Director of Information Technology at Compaq.

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