The new Frontiers in Computing Systems group,  part of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, is hosting an inaugural full-day symposium, with leading speakers and panelists, to highlight the advances and grand challenges in Big Data infrastructure:  extreme-scale computing systems (hardware, parallel computing, software, databases) and their application to solve diverse cutting-edge problems in climate and ocean science, population-scale biomedical informatics, genomics, materials science, neuroscience, astrophysics and engineering.

The symposium includes an exciting keynote by Ruchir Puri, the chief architect of IBM’s Watson system, on "Engineering the Future of Cognitive Systems."  Other speakers include those developing state-of-art high-performance parallel computers and large-scale Python-based software platforms, as well as experts on computational problems in climate science, astrophysics, and protein folding simulation.

The event will include a keynote talk, lunch, two talk presentation sessions, a networking and poster session, and a panel of experts with audience participation.


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Peter Kogge

McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Emu Technology, Chief Scientist and Founder

PETER M. KOGGE received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford in 1973. From 1968 until 1994 he was with IBM's Federal Systems Division, and is an IBM Fellow (1993). In 1994, he joined the University of Notre Dame as first holder of the McCourtney Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, where he served as both department chair and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering.  He is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at JPL, and a founder and Chief Scientist of Emu Solutions, Inc. His research interests are in massively parallel computing paradigms, processing in memory, and the relationship between massive non-numeric applications, emerging technology, and computer architectures.


He holds over 40 patents and is author of two books, including the first text on pipelining. His Ph.D. thesis led to the Kogge-Stone adder used in many microprocessors.  Other projects included: EXECUBE, the world's first multi-core processor and first processor on a DRAM chip; the IBM 3838 Array processor, which was for a time the fastest floating point machine marketed by IBM; and the IOP, the world’s second multi-threaded parallel processor which flew on every Space Shuttle. In 2008, he led DARPA’s Exascale technology study group, which resulted in a widely referenced report on technologies and architectures for exascale computing, and has had key roles on many other HPC programs. His startup, Emu Solutions, has demonstrated the first scalable system that utilizes mobile threads to attack large-scale big data and big graph problems.


Dr. Kogge has received the Daniel Slotnick Best Paper award (1994), the IEEE Seymour Cray award for high-performance computer engineering (2012), the IEEE Charles Babbage award for contributions to the evolution of massively-parallel processing architectures (2014), the IEEE Computer Pioneer award (2015), and the Gauss best paper award for high-performance computers (2015). 

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, March 24

1:15pm EDT