Larry Smarr

2006 Tsutomu Kanai Award Recipient




“For pioneering research in the design and architecture of distributed national infrastructures for high-performance computing”


Larry Smarr is Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber professor in the Jacobs School’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California at San Diego. As founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, Smarr has driven major contributions to the development of the national information infrastructure: the Internet, the Web, the emerging Grid, collaboratories, and scientific visualization.  His views have been quoted in Science, Nature, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and Business Week, and he gives frequent keynote addresses at professional conferences and to popular audiences.


He was a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and served until 2005 on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and the NASA Advisory Council. He is currently a member of the federal government’s Networking and Information Technology Advisory Group which provides input and feedback to the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990 he received the Franklin Institute’s Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology.  He was named a member of the California Governor’s Task Force on Broadband in December 2006.