Top 20 HPC & Supercomputing Influencers to Follow in 2017

High Performance Computing (HPC) market showed healthy growth in 2016, thanks to new types of storage, I/O and interconnects and advances in accelerators and coprocessors.

With the help of the Right Relevance platform and the Twitter HPC community, we have identified some of the most influential leaders working on HPC, supercomputers, data intensive systems and frameworks and more. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to stay updated on the news and trends.

Note: The list (sorted alphabetically) features personal accounts only. Twitter accounts representing organisations (incl. websites, news and information resources) have been excluded from this list and will appear in a dedicated blog post.

1. Adam Coates (@adampaulcoates)

Adam Coates is Director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab. His contributed to a shift in the AI community toward understanding the advantages of utilizing HPC to make progress in AI. Prior to joining Baidu, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford, where he trained artificial neural networks with billions of connections using techniques for HPC.

2. Addison Snell (@addisonsnell)

Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research, an analyst and consulting firm specialising in actionable market intelligence for HPC ecosystem. Prior to Intersect360, he was an HPC industry analyst for IDC, where he was well-known among industry stakeholders.

3. Andrew Jones (@hpcnotes)

Andrew Jones is currently Vice-President Strategic HPC Services at the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). He is an active member of the international supercomputing community and expert in HPC and e-infrastructure, including parallel software engineering, scientific computing, HPC technology evaluation and HPC procurement.

4. Andrew Ng (@AndrewYNg)

Andrew Ng is the former Chief Scientist of Baidu, where he played a leading role in formulating the AI strategy of both Baidu. Prior to joining Baidu, he founded and led Google Brain, a deep learning artificial intelligence research project.

5. Arno Candel (@arnocandel)

Arno Candel is the Chief Technology Officer of H2O, a distributed and scalable open-source machine learning platform. Before joining H2O, Arno spent a decade in high-performance computing. He ran his code on the world’s largest supercomputers as a staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where he participated in US DOE scientific computing initiatives and collaborated with CERN on next-generation particle accelerators.

6. Chris Dagdigian (@chris_dag)

Chris Dagdigian is a Founding Partner and Director of Technology of BioTeam Inc, where he designs, builds and improves research-focused HPC and IT systems for use in demanding production computing environments.

7. Deepak Singh (@mndoci)

Deepak Signh is a General Manager of Container and HPC Services at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He works with customers interested in carrying out large scale computing, scientific research, and data analytics on Amazon EC2. Prior to AWS, he spent several years as an algorithm developer, product manager, and strategist in the life science software and informatics industry.

8. Fernanda Foertter (@hpcprogrammer)

Fernanda Foertter is a scientific programmer at the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She is a member of the User Assistance Team, which is responsible for assisting all users at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF).

9. Glenn K. Lockwood (@glennklockwood)

Glenn Lockwood is a computational scientist and specialist in high-performance computing systems. He currently works at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work is focused on I/O performance analysis, extreme-scale storage architectures, and emerging I/O technologies and interfaces.

10. HPC_Guru (@HPC_Guru)

The Banksy of the HPC community with more than 11.4K followers, HPC_Guru is the top source for HPC-related news news. He tweets on a variety of topics, including algorithms, architectures and networks, applications, storage and visualization.

11. Jim Ganthier (@jimgant)

Jim Ganthier is Vice President and General Manager for Dell Engineered Solutions and Cloud. There, he is responsible for the development of integrated cross-platform solutions engineered solutions, HPC and cloud business. Before joining Dell, he held various vice president and management positions in the enterprise group at HP.

12. Lisa Su (@LisaSu)

Lisa Su is President and Chief Executive Officer AMD, a multinational semiconductor company. Prior to AMD, she was responsible for global strategy, marketing and engineering at Freescale Semiconductor and IBM.

13. Michael Feldman (@hpc_feldman)

Michael Feldman is the Managing Editor at TOP500 News, an online publication devoted to HPC. Michael is a 38-year veteran of the IT industry, first as a software developer for operating systems and compiler tools, and later as a journalist and market analyst in the HPC arena. Prior to joining TOP500 News, he worked as the managing editor of HPCwire and an analyst at Intersect360 Research.

14. Nicole Hemsoth (@nicolehemsoth)

Nicole Hemsoth is a co-founder and co-editor of The Next Platform. A spin-off of The Register, The Next Platform, brings insight from the world of high performance computing hardware and software as well as data-intensive systems and frameworks. Previously, Nicole was an Editor in Chief of HPCwire, a supercomputing magazine.

15. Patrick Thibodeau (@dcgov)

Patrick Thibodeau is a senior editor at Computerworld, where he covers Internet of Things, enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies and IT workforce issues. He also writes about high performance computing, data centers, cloud, and enterprise management.

16. Peter Bailis (@pbailis)

Peter Bailis is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on the design and implementation of post-database data-intensive systems. He is the recipient of the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, best-of-conference citations for research appearing in both SIGMOD and VLDB, and the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.

17. Satoshi Matsuoka (@ProfMatsuoka)

Satoshi Matsuoka is a Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is the leader of TSUBAME series of supercomputers, the 4th fastest in the world. He authored more than 500 papers and chaired numerous ACM/IEEE conferences. His research interests include system software for large scale supercomputers and similar infrastructures and convergence of Big Data / AI with HPC.

18. Simon McIntosh-Smith (@simonmcs)

Simon McIntosh-Smith is a full Professor of High Performance Computing at the University of Bristol in the UK. His research focuses on performance portability and application based fault tolerance. He plays a key role in designing and procuring HPC services at the local, regional and national level, including the UK’s national HPC server, ARCHER.

19. Suhaib Khan (@suhaibkhan)

Suhaib Khan is an expert in HPC and large storage systems, particularly for the oil&gas industry. He covers a variety of topics related to high performance computing, applications, storage and networking.

20. Werner Vogels (@werner)

Werner Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com. Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that targeted the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems.

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