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Computer researcher at Sandia wins IEEE early career award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Kurt Ferreira has been selected for the 2015 IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers. The award recognizes up to three individuals who have made influential and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of scalable computing within five years of receiving their doctorate.

Ferreira’s research interests include designing and constructing operating systems and run times for massively parallel systems, as well as innovative application and system-level fault-tolerance mechanisms. This research was funded in part by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

In 2000, he received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science from New Mexico Tech. Ferreira earned a master’s in 2008 and doctorate in 2011, both in computer science, from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In addition to his Sandia position, he holds a research associate professor appointment in UNM’s computer science department.

“This is a great recognition of Kurt’s contributions to the field of system software for high-performance computing,” said Sandia manager Ron Brightwell.

The IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) is an international forum within the IEEE that fosters research and education in scalable computing. According to its website, “TCSC is interested in all areas of scalable computing, including but not limited to, high performance computing systems, cloud computing systems, grid, algorithms, applications, scheduling and workflows, and various others.”

The award will be presented at the annual international supercomputing conference SC15, Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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