Ewa Deelman Awarded Prestigious HPDC Honor

September 30, 2015

The prestigious International Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) has presented its 2015 achievement award to Ewa Deelman.

Created to recognize exceptional contributions to HPDC, the award is granted by the one of the worldâ&euro&trades premiere computer science conferences. Previous winners have included Argonne National Laboratoryâ&euro&trades Ian Foster, who collaborated with Carl Kesselman to create grid computing. Deelman directs the Science Automation Technologies group at ISI and is a USC Viterbi research assistant professor.

The award highlights her "influence, contribution, and distinguished use of workflow systems in high-performance computing" for more than a decade. Deelman has worked closely with scientists in wide-ranging fields to develop the Pegasus scientific workflow management system, which includes tools and techniques to automate computational process for data- and computation-intensive research. Pegasus now is being used to model seismic wave propagation, discover new celestial objects, study RNA critical to human brain development, and explore other engaging research questions.

Deelman delivered the keynote address at HPDC 24th annual conference in June this year. Generally considered to be at the center of parallel, multicore, grid, cluster and other major computing advances, HPDCâ&euro&trades acceptance rate for papers is only about 16 percent. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, and its proceedings are archived in the ACM Digital Library.