Student Cluster Competition
2018 Competition Committee
The hardworking volunteer committee that makes the Student Cluster Competition possible is dedicated to students and mentoring the future of HPC at the SC conference. These individuals donate their time and energy to create a one-of-a-kind experience for undergraduates.
Dr. John Cazes, Texas Advanced Computing Center
John leads the HPC Applications group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. He has over 20 years experience in HPC and is focused on providing high level support to the HPC user community. John began participating in the Student Cluster Competition program in 2010 and has advised five different teams.
Dr. Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Deputy Competition Chair
("Why I Brought an All-Female Team to the Student Cluster Competition at ISC16")
Stephen Harrell, Purdue University
Stephen is Teaching, Education and Outreach staff in Research Computing at Purdue. Before that, he was systems staff for Purdue's primary HPC resources. He has also been the staff advisor for seven Student Cluster Competition teams at Purdue.
Dr. Sam Coleman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, retired
Webmaster, Night Shift, SCC Emeritus
Sam is happily retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has never been busier, with volunteer tasks at SCC, the MSST mass storage conference, the Reno Air Races, the Air Race Classic, and other organizations. He has been on the SCC committee since 2007.
Christopher Bross, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität
Dr. Kris Garrett, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kris is a computational mathematician at Los Alamos National Lab working in the field of algorithmic and computational optimizations for kinetic equations. He has 5 years of experience in high performance computing and software development. This is his second year participating in the student cluster competition.
Matt Krafczyk, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Matthew Krafczyk is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National
Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in all topics related to
computational reproducibility, but is working specifically on barriers
to acquiring code/data; barriers to building and running acquired
code/data; and challenges with actual reproduction of a given scientific
Andy Howard, Microsoft
Peter Lubbs, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Peter Lubbs is a Senior Systems Administrator in the Advanced Computing Systems group as a part of the Large Scale Systems team. He administers over the Wrangler and Discovery clusters and specializes in Linux, networking (hardware/SDN), load balancing, cloud, virtualization, and DevOps.
Cyrus Proctor, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Cyrus is a Research Associate in the Performance & Architecture Group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Currently, he focuses on software package design best practices, multi-factor authentication infrastructure, code optimization and parallelization techniques, and system performance analysis and monitoring frameworks. Code development of complex physical systems, and running them efficiently at scale, has been an integral part of his education and career for over a decade. Cyrus has also been the staff advisor for three Student Cluster Competition teams.
Paul Peltz, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Paul Peltz is a Scalable Systems Engineer in the High Performance Computing Division at Los Alamos National Laboratories where he helps procure, test, and integrate the new HPC systems into production. He has almost 20 years of experience collaborating with vendors to evaluate and integrate pre-release hardware and software. Currently he is the systems technical lead on the Trinity project and is actively working with Cray to deploy their largest XC system to date, a 110 cabinet XC40 named Trinity.
Tavia Stone Gibbins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Xiao Zhu, Purdue University
Si Liu, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Ramin Nosrat, IBM
Student Impact Team
Kathleen Shoga, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Student Impact Team
Kathleen Shoga works as a computer scientist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Livermore Computing Division. She works on multiple aspects of HPC, including performance tools, system administration, system monitoring, and big data databases. She also participated in the SCC in ’12 and ’13.
Patrick Storm, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Nick Thorne, Texas Advanced Computing Center