|Argonne Leadership Computing Facility|
|Computer Scientist, Grid Pioneer Selected to Lead ALCF into Production|
|The biggest challenge facing the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) today is transitioning the ALCF organization and the 100 teraflops IBM Blue Gene/P into steady-state operations to support projects selected in DOE's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. At the same time, it is upgrading Blue Gene/P to 500 teraflops and expanding the input/output and storage systems. The newly appointed ALCF project director and acting division director, Dr. Peter Beckman, will assume responsibility for guiding the ALCF through these challenges. Dr. Beckman, who was the ALCF's chief architect, will also recruit additional staff and users to the ALCF.|
|Blazing a path is not new to Dr. Beckman. As Director of Engineering for the TeraGrid, he designed and deployed the world's most advanced Grid system for linking production HPC for the National Science Foundation. After the TeraGrid became fully operational, he developed research teams focusing on petascale high-performance operating systems, fault tolerance, system software, and the SPRUCE urgent computing framework which supports critical HPC applications on many of the nation's supercomputer centers.|
|Dr. Beckman has more than a decade of experience in large-scale computing and project management. He has worked in systems software for parallel computing, operating systems, and Grid computing for 20 years in universities, labs, and industry.|
| After receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University in 1993, he helped create the Extreme Computing Laboratory at Indiana University. In 1997, Dr. Beckman joined the Advanced Computing Laboratory (ACL) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he founded the ACL's Linux cluster team and organized the Extreme Linux series of workshops and activities that helped catalyze the high-performance Linux computing cluster community. In industry, Dr. Beckman has served as vice president of Turbolinux's worldwide engineering efforts, managing development offices in the United States, Japan, China, Korea, and Slovenia. Dr. Beckman joined Argonne National Laboratory in 2002.