Keynote: The Future of High Performance Computing [ppt] [pdf] (each of these documents is 10MB)

Presented by Dr. Thom Dunning, Jr.

Thom H. Dunning, Jr. is the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies and Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the director of NCSA and IACAT, Dr. Dunning is responsible for ensuring that Illinois and NCSA remains a world leader in the development and deployment of advanced cyberinfrastructure, including the world?s most powerful supercomputer, Blue Waters.

Dr. Dunning has authored nearly 150 scientific publications on topics ranging from computational techniques for molecular calculations to computational studies of high power lasers and the chemical reactions involved in combustion; five of his papers are "citation classics." He was the scientific leader of the DOE?s first "Grand Challenge" in computational chemistry. >Dr. Dunning is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received DOE's E.O. Lawrence Award in 1996 and its Distinguished Associate Award in 2001. Dr. Dunning obtained his bachelor?s degree in Chemistry in 1965 from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his doctorate in Chemistry/Chemical Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1970.