Keynote Speaker

Keynote Presentation
8IMR, 10/10/99


Dr. Paul Messina

Paul Messina is Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs in the Department of Energy. In that capacity he has responsibility for managing the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. He is on a two year leave from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he is Assistant Vice President for Scientific Computing at Caltech, Faculty Associate in Scientific Computing, Director of Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation. He is Chief Architect for the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a UCSD-led partnership established by the National Science Foundation. His recent interests focus on advanced computer architectures, especially their application to large-scale computations in science and engineering. He has also been active in high-speed networks, computer performance evaluation, and Petaflops computing issues. He leads the Computational and Computer Science component of Caltech's research project funded by the Academic Strategic Alliances Program (ASAP) of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI). He established and led the Scalable I/O Initiative (SIO), a large scale-effort to address input/output scalability issues in large-scale computing; the SIO had over 15 participating institutions. In the early 1990s he was the Principal Investigator and project manager of the CASA gigabit network testbed. During that period he also conceived, formed, and led the Consortium for Concurrent Supercomputing, whose thirteen members included several Federal agencies, National Laboratories, universities, and industry.

Messina also has a joint appointment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as manager of High-Performance Computing. He is associate editor of the journal Concurrency: Practice and Experience and on the editorial Board of the IEEE Journal Computing in Science and Engineering. He has been keynote speaker at a number of international conferences, including the 1997 SIAM Annual Meeting, the 1997 Mannheim Symposium, the 1996 ICPP Workshop on Challenges for Parallel Processing, HPCN Europe '95, Supercomputing Japan '92, the 1993 High Performance Distributed Computing 2 Conference in Spokane, WA, and the 1991 IMA Conference on Parallel Computation, Oxford, England.

Messina received his PhD in mathematics in 1972 and his MS in applied mathematics in 1967, both from the University of Cincinnati, and his BA in mathematics in 1965 from the College of Wooster. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ACM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and Sigma Xi. He is co-author of four books on scientific computing and editor of more than a dozen others.