Dr. Rupak BiswasChief, NAS Division, NASA Ames Research Center
As chief of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, Dr. Rupak Biswas oversees the full range of high-performance computing services for NASA's primary supercomputing center. His key responsibilities are setting high-level objectives for the division, creating and maintaining a productive, high-impact computational facility, and coordinating technical strategy with both Ames and NASA Headquarters management. This work encompasses managing about 150 research and development (R&D) scientists, engineers, and support staff comprised of civil servants and contractors.
Dr. Biswas is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of parallel programming models and paradigms; benchmarking and performance characterization of emerging and innovative architectures for high-end computing systems; novel partitioning and load balancing techniques for large-scale computational science problems; and scheduling algorithms for distributed computing environments. Due to his broad knowledge in advanced computing technologies and federal agencies, Dr. Biswas was chosen to serve as a member of the inter-agency High End Computing Revitalization Task Force (HECRTF), as a mission partner representative on the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Project, and one of five expert panelists to assess all high-end computing R&D activities in Japan.
Biswas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, and has been at NASA ever since. During this time, he has received several NASA awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009, and two Best Paper prizes given at the international "SC" conference on high-performance computing, network, and storage. He has published more than 150 technical papers on a variety of scientific computing topics in archival journals and at major peer-reviewed conferences, given numerous talks at home and abroad, and edited several journal special issues.