Transforming the Future

ISC Fellows

ISC Fellows are individuals who have made and continue to make important contributions to the advancement of high performance computing, the community and the ISC High Performance conference series. Currently we have ten ISC Fellows.


Frank Baetke
Frank Baetke
European Open File System Association (EOFS)

Frank Baetke began his career as a researcher and academic advisor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He joined Convex Computer Corp. in 1986 as manager of S/W operations and in 1992 was promoted to its European Marketing Director. After the acquisition of Convex by HP in 1995 he joined HP’s worldwide marketing organization in the US as head of business development for the academic and scientific research segment. He also initiated and led the development and growth of HP/HPE’s worldwide HPC-user community HP-CAST. Since 2018 he has retired from HPE but remains active in HPC as president of the European Open File System Association (EOFS) He is a member of ACM and IEEE, the German Astronomical Society (AG), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the German Informatics Society (GI) and the Max Planck Society. He holds a master of science (Dipl.-Ing.) in engineering and a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in applied physics and has published numerous contributions in the field of high-performance computing and related areas.

Jack Dongarra
Jack Dongarra
Distinguished Professor,
Computer Science at 
University of Tennessee &
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jack Dongarra holds an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE Charles Babbage Award; in 2013 he received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award; and in 2019 he received the ACM/SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Prize. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Science, a foreign member of the UK Royal Society, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Karl Kaiser
Karl Kaiser
Professor, Computer Engineering,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Hamburg

Karl Kaiser has been a professor of Computer Engineering (with focus on Industrial Data Processing and Autonomous Mobile Systems) at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Hamburg. He was also the dean of the department from 1985 - 1988 and the Director of the Regional Computing Center (RRZ) of the University of Hamburg from 1988 - 2010. Kaiser worked in civil engineering and taught at several German universities before his appointment in Hamburg. Kaiser had studied mathematics and civil engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and received a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Bochum.

Yutong Lu
Yutong Lu
Director, National Supercomputing Center, Guangzhou, China

Yutong Lu is the Director of National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China. She is also the professor in the School of Computer Science at Sun Yat-sen University, as well as at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). Her extensive research and development work has spanned several generations of domestic supercomputers in China, which includes her role as the deputy chief designer of the Tianhe supercomputers. She is also leading a number of HPC and big data projects under the support of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Guangdong Province. Her current research interest includes large-scale storage systems, high performance computing, and computer architecture.

Yutong Lu received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees of computer science from NUDT. She was bestowed a first class award and outstanding award for Chinese national science and technology progress in 2009 and 2014. Her continuing research interests include parallel operating systems, high-speed communication, large-scale file systems and data management, and advanced programming environments and applications.

Thomas Ludwig
Thomas Ludwig
Professor of Computer Engineering,
University of Hamburg, Germany

Thomas Ludwig received his doctoral degree and the German habilitation degree at the Technische Universität München, where he conducted research on HPC from 1988 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he had a chair for parallel computing at the Universität Heidelberg. Since 2009 he is the director of the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) and professor at the Universität Hamburg. His research activity is in the fields of high volume data storage, energy efficiency, and performance analysis concepts and tools for parallel systems. At DKRZ Prof. Ludwig takes the responsibility for accomplishing its mission: to provide high performance computing platforms, sophisticated and high capacity data management, and superior service for premium climate science.

Satoshi Matsuoka
Satoshi Matsuoka
Professor, Global Scientific
Information & Computing Center,
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Satoshi Matsuoka became the director of Riken CCS, the top-tier HPC center that represents HPC in Japan, in April 2018. Riken CCS currently hosts the K Computer and is developing the next generation Post-K machine. He was the leader of the TSUBAME series of supercomputers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he still holds a Professor position, to continue his research activities in HPC, scalable Big Data and AI.
He has been a Full Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2000, as well as the director of the joint AIST-Tokyo Tech.

He received his Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. Matsuoka has written over 500 articles according to Google Scholar. He is a Fellow of the ACM and ISC High Performance, and has won many awards, including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, presented by his Highness Prince Akishino; the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011; the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012; the 2014 IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, the highest prestige in the field of HPC; and recently the HPDC 2018 Achievement Award from ACM.

Wolfgang E. Nagel
Wolfgang E. Nagel
Director of the Center for Information
Services & High Performance Computing
(ZIH), Technische Universität Dresden,

Wolfgang E. Nagel is full professor of Computer Architecture at the Institute for Computer Engineering at Technical University (TU) Dresden. He graduated from  RWTH Aachen University with a PhD, and has worked in the field of parallel programming since 1980s. He has published more than 100 papers in the areas of innovative computer architectures, efficient algorithms, modern programming concepts and software tools to support complex compute and data intensive applications. Nagel has been the dean of the Computer Science department at TU Dresden from 2006 to 2009.

Horst D. Simon
Horst D. Simon
Deputy Director,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
USA & Adjunct Professor in the College
of Engineering at the University of
California, Berkeley

Horst Simon was the Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Simon’s research interests are in the development of sparse matrix algorithms, algorithms for large-scale eigenvalue problems, and domain decomposition algorithms for unstructured domains for parallel processing. His algorithm research efforts were honored with the 1988 and the 2009 Gordon Bell Prize for parallel processing research. He was also member of the NASA team that developed the NAS Parallel Benchmarks, a widely used standard for evaluating the performance of massively parallel systems. He is co-author of the biannual TOP500 list. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Technische Universtät in Berlin and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Thomas Sterling
Thomas Sterling
Professor, Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering,
Director, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies,
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Prof. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering as well as serves as the PI of the Continuum Computing Architecture Project at the Department of Intelligence Systems Engineering. Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as a Hertz Fellow, Prof. Sterling has engaged in applied research in parallel computing system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and academia. Prof. Sterling is best known as the "father of Beowulf" for his pioneering research in commodity/Linux cluster computing for which he shared the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997. He led the HTMT Project sponsored by NSF, DARPA, NSA, and NASA to explore advanced technologies and their implications for high-end computer system architectures. Other research projects in which he contributed included the DARPA DIVA PIM architecture project with USC-ISI, the DARPA sponsored HPCS program Cray-led Cascade Petaflops architecture, the Gilgamesh high-density computing project at NASA JPL, and DOE and DARPA projects exploring the ParalleX execution model and the HPX family of runtimes systems based on it for improvements in scalability and efficiency through dynamic adaptive processor control. Most recently Prof. Sterling was a faculty researcher of the IU Center for Research in Extreme-Scale Computing (CREST) at which he served as Director for the last two years. Sterling is currently involved in research associated with the innovative Continuum Computer Architecture for extreme scale computing to establish the foundation principles guiding the development of future generation exascale computing systems exploiting non von Neumann concepts using active memory to accelerate computing beyond Moore’s Law. Thomas Sterling holds the position of President for the new start-up company, Simultac LLC. In addition, he is the co-author of seven books and holds six patents. He was the recipient of the 2013 Vanguard Award and is a Fellow of the AAAS. Most recently, he co-authored the introductory textbook, “High Performance Computing”, published by Morgan-Kaufmann in December, 2017.

Erich Strohmaier
Erich Strohmaier
Senior Scientist and Group Lead, 
Performance and Algorithms Research Group,
Computational Research Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Erich Strohmaier is a Senior Scientist and Group Lead of the Performance and Algorithms
Research group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His main interests are in
performance characterization, evaluation, modeling, and prediction for HPC systems and large scale scientific workflows. He is involved in the analysis of advanced-computer architectures and parallel programming paradigms, classification of kernels and programming patterns for scientific computational kernels. His recent work is on the analysis and optimization of data-intensive large scale scientific workflows and the application of machine learning for predicting their behavior and performance. He has a Dr. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Strohmaier was awarded the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for parallel processing research in algorithmic innovation and was named a Fellow of the ISC Conference in 2017. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and APS.