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Old 07-17-12, 06:30 AM   #1
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Post Allan Snavely Passes Away

The HPC community lost one of its own this week with the passing of Allan Snavely from LLNL/UCSD. He apparently suffered a heart attack while was out road biking, which was one of his passions.

Allan Snavely is the CTO for supercomputing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
He is a noted expert in high performance computing (HPC), has published more than 75 cited papers with more than 1,400 citations on this subject (his current h-index is 23 i.e. 23 publications have been cited 23 or more times in other journal articles or conference proceedings), he has presented numerous invited talks including briefing U.S. congressional staff on the importance of the field to economic competitiveness, has twice been a finalist for the Gordon Bell Prize (2007 and 2008) in recognition for outstanding achievement in HPC applications, and in 2009 shared the SC09 Storage Challenge Award for the design of Dash, an innovative new supercomputer that makes extensive use of flash memory. Dash is just a prototype of a much larger system he and and his team have built: Gordon, the most powerful supercomputer in the world for accessing data with 100 GB/s of bandwidth to disk and 36 million IOPS of random data access from 300 TB of NAND flash. Allan Snavely received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Update: SDSC has put out a press release stating that arrangements for a memorial service have not been finalized at this time.

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