• 1960
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A Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute, a joint institute of Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois initially majoring in Electrical Engineering, but after his first programming class he switched to Computer Engineering, so he could, as he said, “learn how computers work down deep inside and how they were organized”. He directs the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD), which brings scientists from mathematics and computing together with social, behavioral, economic, policy, education, and health scientists to support research in urban sciences. From 2007-2011 he was Chief Information Officer and Director of the Computing and Information Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. From 2004-2007 he was Director of the TeraGrid Project. Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, he was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985 and his early work there included participation on the team that deployed and managed the NSFNet. In the early 1990s he participated in the DARPA/NSF Gigabit Testbeds Initiative, coordinated by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He was the founding chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF, now Open Grid Forum) from 1999 through 2004. During this same period he designed and deployed one of the first regional optical networks dedicated to academic and research use - I-WIRE, funded by the State of Illinois. He has been involved in Grid (distributed) computing since the early 1990s, when he co-authored (with Larry Smarr) a seminal paper "Metacomputing" in the Communications of the ACM, which outlined many of the high-level goals of what is today called Grid computing. Among the many publications he has authored or co-authored are: With team, "TeraGrid: Analysis of Organization, System Architecture, and Middleware Enabling New Types of Applications," HPC and Grids in Action, ed. Lucio Grandinetti, IOS Press Advances in Parallel Computing series, Amsterdam, 2008; with Larry Smarr, "Metacomputing", Communications of the ACM, vol. 35, no. 6, June 1992; with Pete Beckman, Dane Skow, and Ian Foster, "Creating and Operating National-Scale Cyberinfrastructure Services", CTWatch Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 2, May 2006; "Standards for Grid Computing: Global Grid Forum", Journal of Grid Computing, Vol. 1, May 2003; with John Toole, "Testbeds: From Research to Infrastructure", in "The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure," Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman, ed., Morgan Kaufmann, August 1998; and with Dan Lynch and Marshall T. Rose, ed. Addison-Wesley, "Internet Evolution and Future Directions", in Internet System Handbook, 1992.
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    Participation on the team that deployed and managed the NSFNet to promote advanced research and education networking
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