Dongarra Presentation to Open SC22
Congratulations to Jack Dongarra, recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award. A long-time SC supporter, his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled HPC software to keep pace with exponential hardware improvements for over four decades has, through the years, accelerated HPC. With our SC22 conference theme, HPC Accelerates, we’re honored that Jack selected SC22 as the location to present his award lecture.
ACM A.M. Turing Award Lecture
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – 9 am CST
Dallas Ballroom, Omni Dallas Hotel & Livestream
This lecture replaces the traditional keynote presentation.
About the Award
The ACM A.M. Turing Award was named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing, and who was a key contributor to the Allied cryptanalysis of the Enigma cipher during World War II. Since its inception in 1966, the Turing Award has honored the computer scientists and engineers who created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that have propelled the information technology industry. The award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google.
A Lifetime of Contributions
While most in our HPC community recognize Jack as a collaborator in developing the code for the Linpack benchmark and establishing the TOP500 list, his trailblazing work stretches back to 1979. He has led the world of HPC through his contributions to efficient numerical algorithms for linear algebra operations, parallel computing programming mechanisms, and performance evaluation tools.
Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee
Appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Manchester
For nearly 40 years, Moore’s Law produced exponential growth in hardware performance. During that same time, while most software failed to keep pace with these hardware advances, high performance numerical software did—in large part due to Jack’s algorithms, optimization techniques, and production-quality software implementations.
These contributions laid a framework from which scientists and engineers made important discoveries and game-changing innovations in areas including big data analytics, healthcare, renewable energy, weather prediction, genomics, and economics, to name a few. His work also helped facilitate significant advances in computer architecture and supported innovations in computer graphics and deep learning.
Jack’s initial contribution was in creating open-source software libraries and standards which employ linear algebra as an intermediate language that can be used by a wide variety of applications. These libraries have been written for single processors, parallel computers, multicore nodes, and multiple GPUs per node.
Jack’s libraries also introduced many important innovations including autotuning, mixed precision arithmetic, and batch computations.
As a leading ambassador of HPC, Jack led the field in persuading hardware vendors to optimize these methods, and software developers to target his open-source libraries in their work. Ultimately, these efforts resulted in linear algebra-based software libraries achieving nearly universal adoption for high performance scientific and engineering computation on machines ranging from laptops to the world’s fastest supercomputers. These libraries were essential in the growth of the field—allowing progressively more powerful computers to solve computationally challenging problems.
Jack was also instrumental in developing MPI (Message-Passing Interface), the portable interface for parallel programming that allows users to move their code from one HPC system to another. His work has touched every HPC computer and virtually every HPC application developed over the last couple of decades. You can learn more about Jack’s award-winning, pioneering work in the video below from the ACM A.M. Turing Award presentation as well as in this article from The New York Times.
Be There Tuesday Morning
Be sure to include the ACM A.M. Turing Lecture in your schedule when planning your SC22 conference experience. You won’t want to miss it!