HPC Career Notes: November 2021 Edition

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In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!


David Abramson

The Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society named David Abramson as the recipient of the 2021 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Abramson, a professor at the University of Queensland, was recognized for contributions to parallel and distributed computing tools, with application from quantum chemistry to engineering design. He is also cited for his mentorship and service to the field.

Abramson has been general chair, program committee chair, or program committee member of conferences related to performance and programmer productivity, including IPDPS, HiPC, HPC Asia, HPDC, ICPADS, Cluster, SC, CCGrid, Grid and e-Science.

Kétévi Adiklè Assamagan and Swagato Mukherjee

The American Physical Society elected Kétévi Adiklè Assamagan and Swagato Mukherjee from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory as 2021 APS fellows. Brookhaven Lab particle physics experimentalist Kétévi Adiklè Assamagan was recognized “for significant contributions to experimental studies of the Standard Model Higgs boson and the search for new phenomena beyond the Standard Model using the Higgs boson as a tool, and for leading physics outreach in Africa including founding the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications.”

Brookhaven Lab nuclear physics theorist Swagato Mukherjee was recognized “for seminal work employing ab initio lattice quantum chromodynamics to uncover fundamental information on the QCD phase diagram at finite temperatures and baryon density, and for the creative use of these methods to provide limits on the location of the critical point in heavy-ion collisions.”

Van Alstyne

SoftIron Ltd., a provider of purpose-built and performance-optimized data infrastructure solutions, appointed Kenneth Van Alstyne as its chief technology officer. Alstyne will be responsible for building SoftIron’s technology strategy and roadmap. 

“A lot of companies talk about innovation, but SoftIron is redefining what that looks like on multiple fronts, at a time when the world needs new solutions,” said Alstyne. “A lot of companies are playing with software optimization for proprietary codebases, using commodity hardware platforms and calling that ‘innovation’. SoftIron is taking a more fundamental approach by starting quite literally at square one and asking, ‘what is really best for the customer?’…It’s a great honor to be a part of a team that challenges conventional thinking and I look forward to making a contribution to a new class of data infrastructure tools for an exciting age of computing.”

Rodolphe Belmer

Atos appointed Rodolphe Belmer as its chief executive officer and board member. Belmer’s term of office will begin on January 20, 2022, at the latest. He will be responsible for leading a “transformation program” focused on secure and decarbonized digital services, pursuing growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. Starting October 25, Pierre Barnabé and Adrian Gregory will serve as interim co-chief executive officers until Belmer takes office.

“The board of directors warmly thanks [outgoing CEO] Elie Girard for the deep transformation work he has undertaken over the past two years and his management of the Group and its employees during the Covid crisis,” said Bertrand Meunier, chairman of the board of directors of Atos SE, chairman of the nomination and governance committee. “In view of the challenges facing Atos, we have appointed Rodolphe Belmer for his strategic acumen and his proven leadership and operational efficiency, as well as his ability to successfully lead complex transformations.”

Belmer was previously the CEO of Eutelsat, a European satellite operator, a position he held since March 2016.

Graham Breeze, Brock Mowry, and Phil Trickovic 

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary, appointed Graham Breeze as its vice president of products. Breeze has been a key contributor at various tech organizations across a career that spans more than 30 years, including nearly a decade with Tintri. 

Brock Mowry also joined Tintri as its field chief technology officer. Mowry will be responsible for developing new Tintri solutions that meet the enterprise’s changing needs, including the implementation of a microservices approach.

Lastly, Phil Trickovic joined Tintri as its senior vice president of revenue. Trickovic brings 25 years of tech experience to the organization, including nearly a decade of prior Tintri expertise. 

Anil Chakravarthy 

Ansys welcomed Anil Chakravarthy, executive vice president and general manager of digital experience and worldwide field operations at Adobe Inc, to its board of directors. Chakravarthy has held senior leadership positions at Informatica, Symantec, where he also served on the board of directors, LogicTier and McKinsey & Company, Inc., and held a board position at USAA Bank.

“As a leader in engineering simulation software, Ansys has already radically changed how products are brought to market better, faster and safer, and the company is just getting started,” said Chakravarthy. “I’m excited to join the board of a company that’s innovating across so many areas.”

Jason Clark, Aashish Clerk, and Paul Reimer 

The American Physical Society awarded fellowships to three scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Jason Clark of the physics division was elected for high-precision mass measurements critical to the understanding of nucleosynthesis and for the development of improved techniques to enable such measurements.

Aashish Clerk of the materials Sciences division was elected for his fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum optomechanical systems, quantum dissipation engineering and other areas of quantum optics.

Paul Reimer of the physics division was elected for important experimental insight into the structure of the proton, most notably in using the Drell-Yan reaction to measure the flavor dependence of the sea of antiquarks in the proton.

Evangelos Eleftheriou

Semiconductor start-up Axelera AI appointed Evangelos Eleftheriou as its chief technology officer. Before joining Axelera AI, Eleftheriou, an IEEE and IBM Fellow, has held various leadership positions at IBM Research, including head of cloud and computing infrastructure and as leader of the neuromorphic and in-memory computing activities at IBM Research-Zurich.

“I am honoured to be joining the executive team at Axelera AI,” said Eleftheriou. “Axelera AI will be changing the AI industry with its new technological designs. I look forward to working closely with their leadership, board and advisors to achieve the company’s goals and introduce new AI solutions around the globe.”

Maheen Hamid

The Electronic System Design Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community, appointed Maheen Hamid, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Breker Verification Systems, to its governing council. Hamid brings more than 15 years of financial experience in deal structuring and operations management in diverse industries including wireless telecommunications, clean energy, health, and infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

“I am delighted to be joining the governing council of this important organization at a key moment in its history,” said Hamid. “As Breker has grown to become an established EDA company working with semiconductor companies in the area of test suite synthesis, we have gained a wealth of experience and I hope to bring this perspective to the council.”

Patrick Henderson

Astera Labs, a provider of purpose-built connectivity solutions for intelligent systems, appointed Patrick Henderson as its vice president of sales. Henderson will lead the direct and channel sales operations for the company globally. Before Astera Labs, Henderson served as vice president and co-general manager of Broadcom’s mixed-signal ASIC products division. 

“Data and the speed with which it is processed is central to unleashing the full potential of applications such as artificial intelligence and machine learning for arriving at actionable…

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