External Advisory Board


External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board’s (EAB) role in the formation of an HPC Center at the University of Houston is to provide strategic recommendations on how to take full advantage of current and future opportunities and overcome the many challenges involved in resolving significant legacy issues. Members of the EAB visited the university in October 2012 to learn about the center’s history and current status and to familiarize themselves with domain applications presented by numerous faculty researchers. The final report was completed in February 2013 and is available here.

The HPC EAB includes:


William (Bill) Tang, Princeton University, Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE)
Dr. Tang serves as chair of the External Advisory Board. He was instrumental in founding an HPC center at Princeton based on the principle of fostering interdisciplinary research to increase academic productivity. Bill is a renowned expert in fusion physics who until recently advised the US Department of Energy in this area. His expertise ranges from scientific computing through management and structuring of a mid-range university HPC center.


Detlef Hohl, Manager of Computation and Modeling, Shell International
Dr. Hohl leads a R&D team in emerging technologies at Shell International. Prior to joining Shell in 1997, he conducted postdoctoral research at the       National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana-Champaign, then became a senior staff member at Germany’s National Laboratory Forschungszentrum Jülich, where he co-founded the HLRZ (now NIC).


Dennis Gannon, Director of Applications for Cloud Computing Futures, Microsoft
Dennis was previously a Chair and Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University, as well as the director of their Pervasive Systems lab. He led several large research projects (DARPA, DOE, and NSF) related to both scientific computing as well as software infrastructure. He is now a major force at Microsoft.


Ashok Krishnamurthy, Interim Co-Executive Director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
Dr. Krishnamurthy is Interim Co-Executive Director for the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). He is also Senior Director of Research and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State University (OSU). He conducts research in signal/image processing, high performance computing, parallel high-level language applications and computational models of hearing. In the past, he served as the academic lead for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program in the Integrated Modeling and Test area.


Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC)
Dr. Matsuoka conducts research for GSIC, one of the world’s leading academic high performance computing centers. Dr. Matsuoka is an internationally renowned hardware guru and a leading expert on computing architectures.


Thomas Schulthess, ETH Zuerich and Director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center
Dr. Schulthess is a Professor of Computational Physics at ETH Zuerich and head of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. He is well-versed in computer applications as well as all aspects of HPC Center operations, including handling large data. He is also affiliated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.