The 2015 PBS Works User Group brings together HPC users and thought leaders to share with you their knowledge and experiences with PBS Works. Presenters represent industry-leading organizations from around the globe. Read below to learn about the individual speakers, their rich history and their experience.

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Session Speakers

Keynote Speaker

GE Global Research Center:

Thomas Leung, HPC Principal Technologist


Imperial College London:

Simon Burbidge, HPC Manager


Intel Technical Computing Group:

Etienne DeGroot, Director of ISV Market Development

NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division:

Dale Talcott, Operating Systems Analyst

National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), The Australian National University:

Andrew Wellington, Senior HPC Systems Administrator

UNLV National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment:

Joseph Lombardo, Executive Director


Bill Nitzberg, PBS Works CTO


David Block, PBS Works Senior Software Director

Dale Talcott has been a systems analyst on high performance computers for almost forty years, first for the Air Force, then Purdue University, and now at NASA Ames.

Michael Thompson is the Lead Systems Software Engineer serving as the subject matter expert over the High Performance Computing environment at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Michael has earned his Masters of Computer Science and Masters of Business Administration during his 25+ years in the IT field.

Rogério Rodrigues dos Santos holds a Degree in Mathematics and is PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Along his academic experience as Professor and Researcher, he published papers addressing resource allocation and optimization applied to robotics. His experience in industry as Researcher and Analyst includes the implementation of optimal control policies for dynamic systems and quantitative analysis of data. In his current position, as Analyst of Product Development at Embraer, he is involved in the context of High Performance Computing.

Satoshi Matsuoka has been a Full Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), a Japanese national supercomputing center hosted by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, since 2001. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. He is the leader of the TSUBAME series of supercomputers, including TSUBAME2.0 which was the first supercomputer in Japan to exceed Petaflop performance and became the 4th fastest in the world on the Top500 in Nov. 2010, as well as the recent TSUBAME-KFC becoming #1 in the world for power efficiency for both the Green 500 and Green Graph 500 lists in Nov. 2013. He is also currently leading several major supercomputing research projects, such as the MEXT Green Supercomputing, JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience, as well as the JST-CREST Extreme Big Data. He has written over 500 articles according to Google Scholar, and chaired numerous ACM/IEEE conferences, most recently the overall Technical Program Chair at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC13) in 2013. He is a fellow of the ACM and European ISC, and has won many awards, including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, awarded by his Highness Prince Akishino, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012, and recently the 2014 IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, the highest prestige in the field of HPC.

Andrew Wellington is the Senior HPC Systems Administrator at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) based at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Andrew is responsible for system administration and management of Raijin, Australia’s first petaflop HPC System, a Fujitsu Primergy cluster, from system software and queuing systems to hardware configuration and monitoring.

Taisuke Boku received Master and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Keio University, Japan. After his career as assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Keio University, he joined the Center for Computational Sciences (former Center for Computational Physics) at University of Tsukuba where he is currently the deputy director, the HPC division leader and the system manager of supercomputing resources. He has been working there more than 20 years for HPC system architecture, system software, and performance evaluation on a number of scientific applications. In these years, he has played the central role of system development on CP-PACS (ranked as number one in TOP500 in 1996), FIRST (hybrid cluster with gravity accelerator), PACS-CS (bandwidth-aware cluster), HA-PACS (high-density GPU cluster) and COMA (Japan's largest many-core Cluster) as the representative supercomputers in Japan. He also contributed to the system design of K Computer as a member of architecture design working group in RIKEN and is currently a senior visiting researcher on post-K Computer development. He received the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011 as a coauthor.

Ramesh Krishnan is a senior staff engineer and manages HPC environment at Orbital ATK, an Aerospace and Defense manufacturing company. Orbital ATK has centralized its HPC resources and services at Promontory, Utah, for all ATK divisions across the US. His responsibilities include system & storage hardware evaluations, capacity planning, RFP preparation and technology/vendor selection, software migration and performance testing, improving system utilization, cost allocation, and on-going support & governance.

Rich Brueckner, President, insideHPC Media

Recently named as one of the Top 20 Big Data Influencers by Forbes Magazine, Rich Brueckner is an avid writer, publisher, and technology pundit focused on high performance computing. He acquired inside-HPC.com in 2010 and has since expanded his online publications to include inside-BigData, inside-Startups, and The Exascale Report. With over 25 years of HPC experience at Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems, Rich is known to many in the industry as “the guy in the Red Hat.”


Founded on December 28, 2006, insideHPC is a blog that distills news and events in the world of HPC and presents them in bite-sized nuggets of helpfulness as a resource for supercomputing professionals. Written and edited by supercomputing professionals with the help of readers and occasional contributors, insideHPC sifts through all the news so you don’t have to!

Simon Burbidge is a seasoned HPC professional currently leading the HPC service at Imperial College London, one of the world’s top Science, Technology and Medicine research institutes. Simon has held previous roles in computer manufacturing, the seismic industry and national computing service, all with a strong focus on Supercomputing and its role in modern research and technology.

Dr. Ben Bennett, HPC Marketing, SGI

Dr. Ben Bennett has over twenty five years’ experience within the HPC industry from working with fledgling Transputer based systems, to helping Intel deploy (and subsequently upgrade) the ASCI Red machine at Sandia. After leaving Intel Ben worked as the General Manager for ClearSpeed (the first FP accelerator company), subsequently spending four years at Red Oak Consulting where he was responsible for the design, installation, and commissioning oversight of over 100 million dollars’ worth of client's hardware and infrastructure. Ben is currently SGI’s head of HPC marketing. In what spare time his wife allows him Ben enjoys the odd glass of Oregon Pinot Noir and reattaching the bits that fall off his beloved 1956 Land Rover.

Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager, HPC and Big Data Solutions, HP

As the global leader of the HPC and Big Data Solutions team, Bill is responsible for the global end-to-end P&L; and will lead our worldwide strategy and execution in the market’s fastest growing category. Bill joined HP in 2014 and is a seasoned veteran of the servers and high performance computing industry. He joins us from Silicon Graphics International Corp. (SGI), where he was the VP and GM for Compute and Storage Products. He brings with him significant P&L leadership, product marketing and HPC market experience.

Etienne DeGroot, Director of ISV Market Development, Intel Technical Computing Group

Etienne manages Intel’s ISV market and business development driving strategic platform technology adoption. This includes driving deeper strategic relations with current software partners as well as identifying and driving new business opportunities merging technology with new business revenue. Prior to joining Intel, Etienne managed NVidia's largest software partner relationships driving graphics technology adoption in applications for both client and cloud visualization platforms with leading software partners.

Jason Coverston, Software Engineer & Analyst, Cray

Jason brings over 13 years of experience with Workload Management on HPC systems at Cray. He has expert knowledge in mission critical environments where high availability and utilization are of upmost importance. Jason also serves as an internal consultant where he builds custom configurations for customers, assists with procurements, and contributes to feature work. Before his current role in sustaining engineering, Jason was a member of the ALPS group focusing on WLM integration on Cray systems. He also is a veteran curler, worldly traveler, and can navigate ships at night.

Project Engineer / Information Systems Security Officer, Centralized Super Computer Facility, Lockheed Martin Sarah Storms has been working in the High Performance Computing industry for over 6 years after getting her M.A. in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh. She began working as a software engineer specializing in optimizing and vectorizing codes mainly written in C and Fortran. She then decided to return to school and received her M.S. in Engineering Management Systems Engineering. In her current role as ISSO she works with the Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503 process doing system and network assessment and accreditation as well as personnel security.

Thomas Leung is the Principal Technologist of the High Performance Computing (HPC) team and member of the Enterprise Architect team at GE Global Research Center (GEGR). Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in Supercomputing, HPC, Global Information Technology and Big Data. In his role at GEGR, he is responsible for architecting HPC and Big Data systems, forming HPC technology strategy, providing system architecture / solutions and driving HPC technical decisions for GE locations in USA, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and China. Thomas also served as the HPC Global Operation Leader managing HPC operations around the world. Mr. Leung is an active member in several user groups and an HPC product advisory board. Prior to joining GE, Thomas was the HPC project manager at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, where he managed HPC projects and brought in multiple Top500 class supercomputers. Mr. Leung holds an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, and a M.S. in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.

Jérémie BOURDONCLE, MSC in Computer Science, Telecom ParisTech, France, 15 years experience in IT and Cloud business. Jérémie began his experience by working in IT Operations Management for large companies like Total, Banque Populaire. He then drove the business development of Manobi Sénégal, a extremely innovative start-up, developing products in mobile and IT to solve emerging issue in West Africa. After this experience, Jérémie founded and led Hedera Technology, a French company developing Cloud Management Platform tools focused on OpenStack and AWS. At Hedera, Jérémie was the CEO and in charge of business development, finance, and product ownership. Jérémie is now at Altair where he is Director in charge of the business development and product management for the cloud strategy.

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