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"Designing a Supercomputer", Friday, 2/18/13 in NH 454 @ 3:15PM
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 3:15pm

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics
and
The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*
present

Kristi Maschhoff, Ph.D.
Principal Engineer, Cray, Inc.

Designing a Supercomputer

ABSTRACT
I will present my experience working in Cray, what it is like to be on an engineering team designing a supercomputer, and the types of skills we look for at Cray for both internships and recent graduates looking to work in industry.  Most recently I worked as Technical Project Lead on the recently completed Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) High Productivity Computing Systems program where I was responsible for the performance analysis component (Benchmarking/Applications). This program helped fund our development of the next-generation Cray supercomputer code-named "Cascade". Time permitting; I will walk through some of the innovations of this new architecture.

BIO
Kristi Maschhoff received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1986 and worked for several years as a Transmission Planning Engineer, first with the Public Service Company of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then with Puget Sound Power and Light in Bellevue, Washington. She completed her graduate work at the University of Washington in Applied Mathematics, receiving her M.S. in 1990, and her Ph.D. in 1994. During her graduate studies Kristi held a Student Fellowship with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. From 1995-1997 she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rice University where she developed the PARPACK (Parallel ARnoldi PACKage) library for solving large-scale eigenvalue problems. She currently works as a Principal Engineer at Cray Inc in Seattle, Washington, as part of the Applications and Benchmarking team where she works on future architectures and special projects.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Parallel algorithms, application performance modeling and simulation, computer architecture design, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing

Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 3:15pm
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 2:45 in NH 244)
* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.