Contributor Index

Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Electrical Engineering at the
Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing Department of Intelligent
Systems Engineering (ISE) as well as serves as Director of the IU Center for Research
in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as
a Hertz Fellow, Dr. Sterling has engaged in applied research in parallel computing
system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and
academia. Dr. Sterling is best known as the "father of Beowulf" for his pioneering
research in commodity/Linux cluster computing for which he shared the Gordon Bell
Prize in 1997. He led the HTMT Project sponsored by multiple agencies to explore
advanced technologies and their implication for high-end computer system
architectures. Other research projects in which he contributed included the DARPA
DIVA PIM architecture project with USC-ISI, the DARPA HPCS program sponsored
Cray-led Cascade Petaflops architecture, and the Gilgamesh high-density computing
project at NASA JPL. Sterling is currently involved in research associated with the
innovative ParalleX execution model for extreme scale computing to establish the
foundation principles guiding the development of future generation Exascale computing
systems. ParalleX is currently the conceptual centerpiece of the XPRESS project as
part of the DOE X-stack program and has been demonstrated via the proof-of-concept
HPX-5 runtime system software. Dr. Sterling is the co-author of seven books and holds
six patents. He was the recipient of the 2013 Vanguard Award and is a Fellow of the
AAAS. Most recently, he co-authored the introductory textbook, “High Performance
Computing”, published by Morgan-Kaufmann in December, 2017.