About George Michael Fellowship
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award. Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources.
The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference.
Nominations window: March 1 to May 1, 2016
George Michael Nomination Process
- overall potential for research excellence
- degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community
- demonstration of current and planned future use of HPC resources
- evidence of a plan of study to enhance HPC-related skills
- evidence of academic progress to-date, including presentations and publications
- recommendation by faculty advisor
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (in this case, the candidate is self-nominating).
- Name and contact info for endorser (must be the candidate’s PhD advisor). After the nomination has been submitted, the student will receive an email confirming its receipt. That email will include an encrypted URL which must be forwarded to the advisor. The advisor will use the URL to submit a confidential letter of endorsement (not to exceed 1500 words). Note that it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the advisor (a) receives the endorsement instructions, and (b) submits the endorsement before the deadline.
- Suggested citation if the nomination is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing your research. Note that the final wording for award announcements will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
- Nomination (PDF not exceeding 5 pages in length, following typical technical paper page standards: 11pt font, single spaced text, fitting within 7.5” x 10” text area). Note that the research interests should be explained in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Only nominations meeting all requirements, including length limitations, will be considered.
- Educational Information
- (use a table listing each item in a separate row)
- name of educational institution
- name of department
- name of department chair
- enrollment basis (either Full Time or Other; explain if Other)
- year and term PhD program was entered
- most recent GPA
- expected graduation date
- Additional Candidate Information
- o primary telephone
- o alternate telephone
- Statement of Research
- (2 pp max)
- description of candidate’s research and its importance
- progress to date
- how candidate has used HPC in the past
- plans for the remaining year(s) of graduate study
- Publications, Reports, and Major Presentations
- bibliographic-style listing, including names of all authors in the order they appeared on the title page/slide
- system and environment where performance was measured (1 p max)
George Michael Subcommittee
About the HPC Committee
Barbara Horner-Miller, BHM Consulting
Larry A. Bergman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dona L. Crawford, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Rebecca J. Hartman-Baker, Berkeley Lab
Mark Hoemmen, Sandia National Laboratories
Bernd Mohr, Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University
Michela Taufer, Global Computing Laboratory
George Michael Past Recipients
ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients
Maciej Besta, ETH Zurich
His project is entitled "Accelerating Large-Scale Distributed Graph Computations"
Dhairya Malhotra, University of Texas Austin
His project is entitled "Scalable Algorithms for Evaluating Volume Potentials"
Harshitha Menon, University of Illinois
Her project is entitled "Scalable Load Balancing and Adaptive Run Time Techniques"
Alexander Breuer, Technische Universität München
His project is entitled "Petascale High Order Earthquake Simulations"
Jonathan Lifflander, University of Illinois
His project is entitled "Scalable Algorithms for Dynamic Large-Scale Systems."
Edgar Solomonik, University of California, Berkeley
His project is entitled "Communication-Optimal Parallel Algorithms for Solving Physical Equations."
Amanda Peters Randles, Harvard University - Applications, Biomedical
Ryan Gabrys, UCLA - Computer Science, Storage
"Extending The Lifetime of New Storage Devices Using Coding Techniques"
2012 Honorable Mention
Yanhua Sun, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Computer Science, Performance
"Performance Analysis and Optimization of a message-drive asynchronous parallel programming model on Exascale"
Gagan Gupta, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Computer Science
"Restartable Parallel Execution of Sequential Programs on HPCs"
Ignacio Laguna, Purdue Univerity
"Scalable error detection and bug localization tools"
Xinyu Que, Auburn University
2011 Honorable Mention
Leonardo Arturo Bautista Gomez, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Michael J. Duchene, University of Notre Dame
Amanda Peters, Harvard University - Applications, Biomedical
"Multiscale simulation of cardiovascular flows on the IBM Bluegene/P: full heart-circulation system at red-blood cell resolution"
Aparna Chandramowlishwaran, Georgia Institute of Technology - Algorithms
"Autotuning N-body computations using novel parallel programming models"
2010 Honorable Mention
Matthew R. Norman, North Carolina State University - Applications
"Harnessing Petascale Computing Resources for Atmospheric Climate Simulation: An Algorithmic Approach"
Sara Baghsorkhi, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign - Computer Science, Performance
"A Performance Analyzing Tool for GPU Computing"
Nathan Tallent, Rice University - Computer Science
"Performance Tools for HPF"
Abhinav Bhatele, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign - Computer Science
"Topology-aware task mapping"
2009 Honorable Mention
Mark Silberstein, Technion - Israel - Applications, Biology
"Genetic linkage analysis"
Amanda Peters, Harvard University - Applications, Biomedical
Yaniv Erlich, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - Applications, Biology
"A self optimizing base-caller for next-generation DNA sequencing technologies using HPCC"
Douglas J. Mason, Harvard University - Physics/ Applications and Algorithms
Yong Chen, Illinois Institute of Technology - Systems
"A Hybrid Data Prefetching Architecture for Data Access Efficiency"
2008 Honorable Mention
Daniel Quest, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Application, Biology
Samer Al Kiswany, University of British Columbia - Systems and Storage
"Using GPUs to handle very large data"
Sean M. Couch, The University of Texas at Austin - Applications, Astronomy
"Using the Flash Code on New Systems for New Insights"
Mark Hoemmen, University of California at Berkeley - Computer Science, Algorithms
Algorithms - communication-avoiding linear algebra
Arpith Jacob, Washington University in St. Louis - Architecture, Genomics
"Hardware Architecture – FPGA use that accelerates DNA sequence analysis"
Chao Wang, North Carolina State University - Computer Science, Storage
"System Software - Fault tolerance for extreme scale systems"
2007 Honorable Mention
Yong Chen, Illinois Institute of Technology - Applications, CFD
System Software – Parallel I/O Concurrency
Kamesh Madduri, Georgia Institute of Technology - Computer Science, Algorithms
"Efficient solutions for large scale graph theory"