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IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence: 2010

2010 IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing awarded to Professor William Gropp

The IEEE Technical committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) is happy to announce that the 2010 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing has been awarded to Professor William Gropp for outstanding contributions to the development of the Message Passing Interface (MPI), scalable implementations of MPI (MPICH-1 and MPICH2), domain decomposition algorithms, and scalable tools for the parallel numerical solution of PDEs (PETSc library).

William Gropp is the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Deputy Director for Research for the Institute of Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1982, he held the positions of assistant (1982-1988) and associate (1988-1990) professor in the Computer Science Department of Yale University.  In 1990, he joined the Numerical Analysis group at Argonne, where he held the positions of Senior Scientist (1998-2007) and Associate Division Director (2000-2006).  His research interests are in parallel computing, software for scientific computing, and numerical methods for partial differential equations.  He is a co-author of "Using MPI: Portable Parallel Programming with the Message-Passing Interface", and is a chapter author in the MPI-2 Forum.  His current projects include the design and implementation of MPICH, a portable implementation of the MPI Message-Passing Standard, the design and implementation of PETSc, a parallel, numerical library for PDEs, and research into programming models for parallel architectures. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.