Two Students Named Recipients of ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 15 September 2014 — Harshitha Menon of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Alexander Breuer of Technische Universität München (TUM) have been named recipients of 2014 ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships.

Menon, a doctoral candidate in the UIUC computer science department, where she works with Laxmikant V. Kale in the Parallel Programming Laboratory, won recognition for her project, “Scalable Load Balancing and Adaptive Run Time Techniques.” Her research focuses on developing scalable load balancing algorithms and adaptive run time techniques to improve the performance of large scale dynamic applications.

Menon received her M.S from UIUC and her B.Tech from the College of Engineering in Trivandrum, India. Prior to joining UIUC, she worked at Google in the area of large-scale distributed systems.

Breuer is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at TUM, where he received his diploma in mathematics in 2011. He won recognition for his project, “Petascale High Order Earthquake Simulations.”
In 2012, he and his colleagues established a collaboration between leading experts in computational science and seismology. He and his collaborators received the PRACE ISC Award and an ACM Gordon Bell nomination for their outstanding end-to-end performance reengineering of the SeisSol software package. His research covers optimizations in the entire simulation pipeline.

The ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship is endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series. The fellowship al PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis.

ACM, 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.