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Brent Gorda

Sr. Director (ARM)

Brent has a long history of working in supercomputing community. Starting in the mid-80’s in Canada, he wrote compilers for Myrias Research. In the early 90’s he moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and worked on the adoption of parallel computing. In the early to mid 2000’s, he ran the BlueGene project for Livermore as well as the Lustre file system contract. Brent founded and was CEO at Whamcloud, a company formed to keep Lustre in play for HPC. After selling Whamcloud to Intel, he was General Manager for the High Performance Data Division for 5+ years. Along the way, Brent had a hand in starting Software-Carpentry.com, building the first Java compiler and founding the Student Cluster Competition now held worldwide at HPC events.

Andrew Younge

Computer Scientist (Sandia National Laboratories)

Andrew Younge is a Computer Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories with the Scalable System Software group. His research interests include High Performance Computing, Virtualization, Distributed Systems, and energy efficient computing. The central focal point of Andrew’s work is to improve the usability and efficiency of supercomputing system software. He has a Ph.D in Computer Science from Indiana University, where he was the Persistent Systems fellow and a member of the FutureGrid project, an NSF-funded experimental Cloud testbed. Over the years, Andrew has held visiting positions at the MITRE Corporation, the University of Southern California / Information Sciences Institute, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Science from the Computer Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Elsie Wahlig

Sr. Director (Linaro)

Elsie Wahlig is a Senior Director of Linaros Datacenter Cloud Group and HPC at Linaro. Prior to joining, Elsie has been in high-tech field working at semiconductor companies for 22 years. Shes been building the Arm server market since 2011 at Qualcomm and Samsung with roles spanning both engineering and product management. Before embracing Arm Servers, she worked at AMD contributing to development of software and architectural extensions of the AMD microprocessor.

Aleksandr Drozd

Research Scientist (RIKEN)

Dr. Aleksandr Drozd is a Research Scientist at RIKEN Center for Computational Science. His research interests like at the intersection of artificial intelligence and high performance computing.