Pres. Clinton Names Co-Chair, Members of HPCC Committee
Source: HPCWire, February 14, 1997
Washington, D.C. -- President Clinton announced his intention to designate
Ken Kennedy as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee on High-Performance
Computing and Communications, Information Technology, and the Next Generation
Internet. In addition to announcing the Co-Chairman, President Clinton
announced his intention to appoint 19 members to this new Committee.
Ken Kennedy of Houston, Texas, is the Director of the Center for Research
on Parallel Computation at Rice University and Noah Harding Professor of
Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; a member of the National
Academy of Engineering; and in 1995 received the W. Wallace McDowell Award,
the highest research award of the IEEE Computer Society. A second co-chair is
expected to be announced soon.
Throughout his career, Kennedy has made major contributions to the field of
high performance computing. As Director of the CRPC, an NSF-funded Science
and Technology Center, Kennedy coordinates seven participating institutions
and six affiliated sites across the country in a program of research to
make scalable parallel computer systems as usable as sequential systems are
today. The center is also committed to education and outreach efforts that
prepare future generations for scientific problem solving and parallel
computation. CRPC funding of approximately $56 million from 1989 to the
year 2000 represents the largest research grant in the history of Rice
"President Clinton could not have made a wiser choice than Ken Kennedy,"
said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. "Ken will bring to the advisory
committee a wealth of experience in high-performance computing and a bold
vision for the future of computers. Ken's direction of the CRPC at Rice has
been an indispensable element of our initiatives in computational
engineering. We can expect that, under his leadership, the committee will
achieve its ambitious goals."
Kennedy's research accomplishments with the CRPC include developing
effective machine-independent parallel programming interfaces. He and CRPC
collaborators proposed Fortran D, an extended version of Fortran that permits
the specification of data distributions for arrays across the processors of
a parallel machine. Kennedy directed a prototype compiler development effort
at Rice that validated the concept. This effort led to the establishment,
under his direction, of the High Performance Fortran Forum, a broad-based
consortium to develop extensions to Fortran 90 aimed at high performance on
parallel machines. The resulting standard for High Performance Fortran has
found wide acceptance in the HPCC community.
In addition to his research contributions, Kennedy has led numerous
technology and knowledge transfer efforts in his role as CRPC Director.
Notable among these is the National HPCC Software Exchange, an online
distribution system that provides a central access point for HPCC
technologies and facilitates the development of discipline-oriented
software repositories. He also spearheaded the CRPC Retooling Project, an
effort to develop educational materials that can be used by supercomputer
center staff trainers to teach new concepts in parallel computation.
The President is announcing the following individuals as members:
Eric A. Benhamou of Santa Clara, California, is president, chairman, and
CEO of 3Com Corporation. Benhamou chaired the National Information
Infrastructure Task Force of the American Electronics Association from
Vinton Cerf of Reston, Virginia, is senior vice president of Internet
Architecture and Engineering at MCI Communications. He is a member of the
Datamation Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Ching-Chih Chen of Boston, Massachusetts, is a professor in the Graduate
School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. She is a Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
David Cooper of Livermore, California, is associate director of Computation
at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received the 1994 NASA
Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Service for his pioneering
work on high performance computing.
Steven D. Dorfman of Los Angeles, California, is executive vice president
of Hughes Electronics Corporation, chairman of Hughes Telecommunications and
Space Company, and a member of Hughes Electronics Office of the Chairman. He
chaired the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, and served on
the NASA Space Systems Technology Advisory Committee and the USIA TV/Telecom
Robert Ewald of Eagen, Minnesota, is president of Cray Research and Senior
vice president of Silicon Graphics, Inc. He served on the Supercomputer
Performance and Development Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
David J. Farber of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is Alfred Fitler Moore
Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania, where he
holds appointments in the Department of Information and Computer Science and
the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received the 1995 Association for
Computing Machinery Sigcomm Award for lifetime contributions to computer
communications and the John Scott Award for contributions to humanity for his
work in computer networking.
Sherrilynne S. Fuller of Seattle, Washington, is director of the Health
Sciences Libraries and Information Center at the University of Washington and
Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Hector Garcia-Molina of Stanford, California, is the Leonard Bosack and
Sandra Lerner Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the Association for
Computing Machinery and received a 1984-1989 NSF Presidential Young
Susan Graham of Berkeley, California, is professor of Computer Science in
the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the
University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a member of the
National Academy of Engineering.
James N. Gray of San Francisco, California, is a senior researcher in
Microsoft's Scalable Servers Research Group and manager of Microsoft's Bay
Area Research Center. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing
Machinery and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
W. Daniel Hillis of Los Angeles, California, is a Disney Fellow, vice
president of R&D at Walt Disney Imagineering, and was co-founder and chief
scientist at Thinking Machines Corporation. He is the recipient of the
Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Spirit of American Creativity Award, and the
Ramanujan Award, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery
and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
David C. Nagel of Menlo Park, California, and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is
president of AT&T Labs. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences
Committee on Human Factors and was chair of a National Research Council study
symposium on keeping the U.S. computer, communications, and entertainment
Raj Reddy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is dean of the School of Computer
Science and Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon
University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and
President of the American Association for Artificial
Edward H. Shortliffe of Palo Alto, California, is associate dean for
Information Resources and Technology, professor of Medicine, and professor of
Computer Science at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a member of
the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of
the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Association for
Artificial Intelligence, and has served on the Computer Science and
Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.
Larry Smarr of Champaign, Illinois, is director of the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications and professor of Physics and Astrophysics at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Science and of the American Physical Society, and a
member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Leslie Vadasz of Santa Clara, California, is senior vice president,
director of Corporate Business Development, and a member of the Board of
Directors of Intel Corporation.
Andrew J. Viterbi of San Diego, California, is one of the founders of
QUALCOMM Incorporated and is vice-chairman of its Board of Directors. He is
a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of
Sciences and is professor emeritus at the University of California, San
Steven J. Wallach of Richardson, Texas, is chief technology officer of
Hewlett-Packard Company's Convex Technology Center and was co-founder of
Convex Computer Corporation. He is a member of the National Academy of
Engineering and serves on the External Advisory Committee of the Center for
Research on Parallel Computation headquartered at Rice University.
The Advisory Committee is expected to hold its first meeting in late
February. One of the Committee's first tasks will be to provide guidance on
the Next Generation Internet Initiative announced by the President in October
1996. It will also examine a wide range of issues in high performance
computing, networking and related issues.
Following is the official statement by President Clinton authorizing
formation of an HPCC Advisory Committee.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws
of the United States of America, including the High-Performance Computing Act
of 1991 (Public Law 102-194), and in order to establish an advisory committee
on high-performance computing and communications, Information Technology, and
the Next Generation Internet, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. There is established the "Advisory Committee on
High-Performance Computing and Communications, Information Technology, and
the Next Generation Internet". The Committee shall consist of not more than
25 nonfederal members appointed by the President, including representatives
of the research, education, and library communities, network providers, and
representatives from critical industries. The President shall designate
co-chairs from among the members of the Committee.
Sec. 2. Functions. The Committee shall provide the National Science and
Technology Council (NSTC), through the Director of the Office of Science and
Technology Policy, with advice and information on high-performance computing
and communications, information technology, and the Next Generation Internet.
The Committee shall provide an independent assessment of:
Sec. 3. Administration. To the extent permitted by law and subject to the
availability of appropriations, the Department of Defense shall provide the
financial and administrative support for the Committee. Further, the Director
of the National Coordination Office for Computing Information, and
Communications shall provide such coordination and technical assistance to
the Committee as the co-chairs of the Committee may request.
- progress made in implementing the High-Performance Computing and
Communications (HPCC) Program;
- progress in designing and implementing the Next Generation Internet
- the need to revise the HPCC Program;
- balance among components of the HPCC Program;
- whether the research and development undertaken pursuant to the HPCC
Program is helping to maintain United States leadership in advanced computing
and communications technologies and their applications; and
- other issues as specified by the Director.
(a) The heads of executive agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law,
provide to the Committee such information as it may require for the purpose
of carrying out its functions.
(b) The co-chairs may, from time to time, invite experts to submit
information to the Committee and may form subcommittees or working groups
within the Committee to review specific issues.
(c) Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation but shall be
allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government
service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
Sec. 4. General. (a) Notwithstanding any other Executive order, the
functions of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended, except that of reporting to the Congress, that are applicable to
the Committee shall be performed by the Director of the NCO in accordance
with guidelines that have been issued by the Administrator of General
(b) The Committee shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order
unless extended by the President prior to such date.
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