2021 ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award
Cloud and Distributed Computing
TimeWednesday, 17 November 20218:30am - 9:15am CST
DescriptionTranslational Research Computer Science and its application to Supercomputing
Translational Computer Science (TCS) is an analogue of Translational Medicine and builds on three pillars: a laboratory where the work is performed; a locale where it is applied and a community who are engaged. The benefits include a shorter time to adoption, potentially improved research outcomes and deeper impact. In spite of a number of road blocks, researchers have used it informally to guide their work. For example, it was clear that Ken Kennedy used TCS – engaging in both deep theoretical research in language compilation for parallel supercomputers but translating it through practical compilers and tools. In this talk, I will provide personal experiences with TCS and how it has shaped my research in supercomputing. I will discuss two exemplar projects: one in distributed supercomputing and another in parallel debugging. I will highlight the role of community, especially the PRAGMA collaboration across the Pacific Rim. I will illuminate the role of undergraduate (and even high school) students in these activities, drawing on Ken Kennedy’s legacy for mentoring the next generation of researchers.