Dr. Franz-Josef PfreundtDirector IT Division, Fraunhofer ITWM
Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science resulting in a Diploma in Mathematics and a Ph.D degree in Mathematical Physics (1986).
From 1986-1995 he had a permanent position at the University of Kaiserslautern as Head of the Research Group for Industrial Mathematics. In 1995 he was cofounder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics – ITWM. He founded the departments: "Flow in complex structures" and "Models and algorithms in image analysis".
Since 1999 he is Divison Director at Fraunhofer ITWM and Head of the "Competence Center for HPC and Visualization". In 2001 the prestigious Fraunhofer Research Prize was awarded to Franz-Josef Pfreundt, Konrad Steiner and their research group for their work on microstructure simulation. He is PI for a variety of parallel computing research projects including the development of new parallel programming frameworks. He started the Fraunhofer Resource Grid in 2001 and supports the Fraunhofer Cloud Alliance. The developments in the area of visualisation and implementations on IBM Cell Processor gained the Fraunhofer Research Price in 2005 and the IBM faculty award in 2006. Its main research focus since 2005 are parallel filesystems (FhgFS) and new parallel programming appraoches (GPI, GPI-Space).