William R. Magro
Intel Fellow, Software and Services Group
Chief Technologist, High Performance Computing Software​

TALK TITLE: TOWARD EXASCALE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN A DATA-CENTRIC HPC WORLD

The rate of data generation is reaching new highs, and new techniques have emerged to extract insights from this deluge of data. Yet, the systems for Analytics, AI, and traditional simulation and modeling have evolved independently and, often, incompatibly, posing challenges for practitioners seeking to exploit the power of these methods in a unified environment. We will discuss the key opportunities of converged workflows and the top challenges that must be overcome to apply the power of Exascale computing to accelerate insight through data-centric computing.

BIOGRAPHY

William R. Magro is an Intel Fellow in the Software and Services Group and the chief technologist for high performance computing software (HPC) at Intel Corporation. He serves as the technical lead and strategist for Intel’s HPC software and HPC software requirements for Intel product roadmaps.

Magro joined Intel in 2000 with the acquisition of Kuck & Associates Inc. (KAI). He began his Intel career as director of the Parallel Applications Center, where he was responsible for enabling parallel applications to use Intel’s emerging multi-core technology. From 2006 to 2010, he served as director of high-performance computing software solutions and led Intel’s efforts in HPC software products. Magro’s work in HPC and parallel computing has earned him two Intel Achievement Awards.

Before joining KAI in 1997, Magro spent 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow and staff member at the Cornell Theory Center at Cornell University, where he performed research in quantum physics and evaluated future supercomputing systems.

A recognized expert in HPC, Magro has authored numerous articles published in technical and academic journals and holds six patents, with another six patents pending. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the co-chair of the InfiniBand Trade Association Technical Working Group.

Magro holds a bachelor’s degree in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.