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MSU professor appointed to national computing panel

President Clinton names Joe Thompson to research advisory committee

From: Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, November 1, 1997

Associated Press

STARKVILLE - A Mississippi State University aerospace professor was named Friday by President Clinton to a panel that will work to improve the nation's high-performance computing capabilities.

Joe Thompson, a Giles Distinguished Professor at the university, joins nearly 20 others on the Advisory Committee on High-Performance Computing and Communications, Information Technology and the Next Generation Internet.

In February, the committee will begin examining a range of issues in high performance computing, networking and related areas.

Made up of university and industry experts, the committee includes the director of Rice University's Center for Research on Parallel Computation, who will co-chair the group with the research vice president at Sun Microsystems Inc.

Among others are representatives of MCI Communications, Hughes Electronics Corp., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Stanford University, Silicon Graphics, AT&T Labs and the University of California at Berkeley.

Thompson recently testified before Congress in support of NGI, a multi-agency effort that includes the Defense, Commerce and Energy departments, as well as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

The Clinton administration is requesting $300 million to implement the improved Internet capability and foster greater research and teaching collaborations.

A Grenada native, Thompson is special assistant for the university's research in high performance computing.

In 1990, he led in establishing a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation at Mississippi State, which conducts studies in computational engineering and microelectronics.

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