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Pete Beckman

PETE BECKMAN is the co-director of the Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory Institute of Science and Engineering and is a recognized global expert in high-end computing systems.

He designs software and hardware architectures for the world’s largest supercomputers and leads the extreme-computing strategy at Argonne National Laboratory as director of the Argonne's Exascale Technology and Computing Institute. Supercomputers are used to address a wide range of science problems, including understanding the birth of the universe, designing more efficient wind turbines, studying the interplay between blood flow and cerebral aneurysms, and understanding climate change.

Dr. Beckman also coordinates the collaborative research activities in extreme-scale computing between the U.S. Department of Energy and Japan’s ministry of education, science, and technology.

In support of the Chicago Array of Things project, which is paving the way for a smarter city, Pete and his team have developed an intelligent sensing research platform called Waggle. The Array of Things is planning to deploy sensors throughout Chicago in order to monitor air quality, understand weather, and find ways to improve urban life.

Pete joined Argonne in 2002, serving first as director of engineering and later as chief architect for the TeraGrid, where he led the design and deployment team that created the world's most powerful Grid computing system for linking production HPC computing centers for the National Science Foundation. From 2008 to 2010 he was the director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, where he led the Argonne team working with IBM on the design of Mira, a 10-petaflop Blue Gene/Q.

Beckman has a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University ('93) and a B.A. in computer science, physics, and mathematics from Anderson University ('85). In 2014, he received a Career Achievement Award from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

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