HPC Career Notes: December 2019 Edition

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!


Ari Berman

BioTeam, Inc. promoted Ari Berman to chief executive officer. In his new role, Berman will expand the company’s reach into the scientific and business communities, helping to bring innovative solutions to leading life sciences organizations. Since joining BioTeam, Berman has worked to increase the company’s impact on science by taking on significant problems and guiding its consulting team towards more collaborative approaches in their service delivery. In 2016, Berman was promoted to VP of consulting to apply the lessons he learned with government applications to other industries.

“I am honored and incredibly excited to be taking on my new role at BioTeam,” Berman said. “Biomedical and life sciences research is entering a transition from the information age to the analytics age. The industry’s explosion in data generation has led to high-performance computing (HPC) being a core research requirement in nearly all modern research programs. New and more efficient applications are being developed, and data has taken center-stage in biomedicine’s discovery process. As BioTeam’s new CEO, I will focus even more on the science that we support, and will continue to utilize innovative technology to assist the scientific organizations we serve.”

Michael Cornwell

Qumulo announced that Michael Cornwell joined the company as its chief technology officer. Cornwell joins Qumulo from Microsoft, where he served as the general manager of storage technologies for Azure Infrastructure and led the adoption of new memory and storage across the Azure platform and services. Before his time at Microsoft, Cornwell spent eight years at Pure Storage as a founding engineer and served in key management roles, including as vice president and CTO for the Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Cornwell also led storage development at Sun Microsystems and Apple. He was the lead technologist for the flash systems at Sun Microsystems, and he drove the development of flash platforms designed for enterprise applications. He also oversaw storage engineering at the Apple iPod/iPhone Division, delivering the storage solution for nine iPods and three iPhone generations, including the first adoption of flash memory.

Fabiola Gianotti

The CERN Council selected Fabiola Gianotti as the organization’s next director-general, for her second term of office. The appointment is scheduled to be formalized at the December Session of the Council, and Gianotti’s new five-year term of office will begin on Jan. 1, 2021. This is the first time in CERN’s history that a director-general has been appointed for a full second term. Gianotti has been CERN’s director-general since Jan. 1, 2016. She received her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano in 1989 and has been a research physicist at CERN since 1994. She was the leader of the ATLAS experiment’s collaboration from March 2009 to February 2013, including the period in which the LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. Gianotti is a member of many international committees and has received numerous prestigious awards. She was the first woman to become the Director-General of CERN.

“I am deeply grateful to the CERN Council for their renewed trust. It is a great privilege and a huge responsibility,” Gianotti said. “The following years will be crucial for laying the foundations of CERN’s future projects, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the CERN Member States, Associate Member States, other international partners, and the worldwide particle physics community.”

Rajeeb Hazra

Corporate VP of Intel’s Data Center Group and GM for the Enterprise and Government Group Rajeeb Hazra announced he is retiring after more than 24 years at the company. Hazra has been with Intel serving under technical and management leadership roles in Intel Labs and the Digital Enterprise Group.

Hazra obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and then joined Intel in 1995. Hazra contributed to the development of several Intel products that earned him the Intel Achievement Award for his contributions. Before Intel, Hazra worked for Lockheed Corporation and, prior to that, five years he was at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. He currently holds 15 patents.

Travis Humble

ORNL Distinguished Scientist Travis Humble was selected as the co-editor-in-chief of a new quantum computing journal published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Humble will co-edit the journal, titled ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing, with colleague Mingsheng Ying of the University of Technology Sydney. The journal focuses on the theory and practice of quantum computing, a new discipline that applies the principles of quantum mechanics to computation and has enormous potential for innovation across the scientific spectrum.

Humble serves as the director of ORNL’s Quantum Computing Institute. which currently hosts a concerted effort to harness theory, computation, and experiment to test the capabilities of emerging quantum computing technologies, which can then be applied to the modeling and simulation of complex physical processes. Humble received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oregon before coming to ORNL in 2005. He is also an associate professor with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee and an Associate Editor for the Quantum Information Processing journal.

Jon Masters

NUVIA announced the addition of Jon Masters as vice president of software. Masters joins NUVIA from IBM/Red Hat, where he was chief Arm architect. He created and led the team that built Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Arm from the ground up.

He also drove various industry standards for Arm servers, and open interconnects, as well as cross-industry security efforts. Masters is a published author and has co-founded several industry working groups around the advancement of high-performance server technology, as well as driven technical specifications for Arm in the datacenter.

Scott Noteboom

Submer Technologies appointed Scott Noteboom as chief technology officer to help build next-generation data infrastructures.

Scott Noteboom has been a fixture of leading technology companies for more than twenty years, including serving as head of infrastructure strategy, design, and development for Apple and VP of engineering & operations at Yahoo!. He will bring his experience to help drive strategic innovation across Submer’s line of immersion cooling systems and autonomous infrastructure platform.

“The most fulfilling work of my career is helping to lead meaningful efficiency improvements in the world’s data center infrastructure. Electric consumption in data centers is approaching 9% of global capacity, so our progress as an industry truly makes a difference for the world,” Noteboom said. “With growing demands for high performance computing in hyperscale cloud and edge locations, I believe Summer’s hyper-efficient autonomous infrastructure platform is the future, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Stuart Pann

Groq Inc. announced that Stuart Pann was appointed to its board of directors. Pann currently leads HP’s supply chain and previously led Intel’s General Management Group, where he was responsible for pricing, revenue, and forecasting for the microprocessor and chipset operations.

“I’m delighted to join the board of a company as interesting and innovative as Groq,” Pann said. “There’s a lot of excitement and growth, but also some hype in the AI sector right now. When I came to understand Groq’s new architecture and saw the company’s first silicon, early customer traction, and deployment to production capability, I knew that this company had placed itself at the forefront of chip architecture innovation, with a proven execution ability to match. I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting team. Groq is a game-changer.”

Storage Networking Industry Association 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Technical Council

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Technical Council. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards, and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement, and security of information. To see the full list of Board of Directors and Technical Council, click here.

“We are seeing an increasing number of startup companies joining the major system and component vendors on the SNIA Board and as active members in the organization,” said Michael Oros, SNIA executive director. “NGD Systems joining the SNIA Board amplifies the voice and energy of the storage startup community within SNIA. Together with new industry participation from AMD, ARM, Facebook and others that became members this year, SNIA is extremely well-positioned to lead the vendor community innovation and storage standards development for the rapidly growing data-driven economy.”

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