Satoshi Matsuoka Recognized with 2014 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 September 2014 – Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been named recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. Matsuoka was recognized “for his work on software systems for high-performance computing on advanced infrastructural platforms, large-scale supercomputers, and heterogeneous GPU/CPU supercomputers.”

Established in 1992 in memory of high-performance computing pioneer Sidney Fernbach, the Fernbach Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches. The award consists of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium. Matsuoka will be presented with his award on Tuesday, 18 November at SC14 in New Orleans.

A full professor since 2001 at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), one of the leading national supercomputer centers in Japan hosted by Tokyo Institute of Technology, Matsuoka is the leader of the TSUBAME series of supercomputers. The TSUBAME1, deployed in 2006, became the fastest supercomputer in Japan by superseding the Earth Simulator. The TSUBAME2.0 was the first supercomputer in Japan to exceed Petaflop performance and became the fourth-fastest in the world on the Top500 in November 2010. The TSUBAME-KFC becoming the leader in the world for power efficiency on both the Green 500 and Green Graph 500 lists in November 2013.

Matsuoka’s research has focused on system software for large-scale supercomputers and similar infrastructures such as Clouds for HPC. He has been involved in the use of accelerators, large-scale fault tolerance, low-power HPC, parallel programming, Grids and Clouds, as well as large-scale I/O.

He led or co-led scalable implementations of parallel object-oriented languages on 1000 CPU-scale machines in the 90s; the Titech Campus Grid project; the NAREGI (Japanese National Grid) project; Ultra Low Power HPC, which aimed to achieve a thousand-fold power/performance improvement in supercomputers; and Info-Plosion, which aimed to develop system software technologies for large-scale data and information processing.

He currently leads the MEXT Green Supercomputing, JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience, and JST-CREST Extreme Big Data projects. He also co-leads an international consortium of HPC leaders laying foundations for next-generation exascale and big data, such as the International Exascale Software Project and Big Data and Extreme Computing project.

Matsuoka has written over 500 articles and book chapters, and chaired many ACM and IEEE conferences, including the Technical Paper Chair at SC09, the Community Program Chair at SC11, and the overall Technical Program Chair at SC13. He is a Fellow of the ACM and European ISC, and has won many awards, including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, awarded by his Highness Prince Akishino; the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011; and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012.

Matsuoka received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1993.