Thomas Sterling

Dr. Thomas Sterling is a Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana State University, a Faculty Associate at California Institute of Technology, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his PhD as a Hertz Fellow from MIT in 1984. Dr. Sterling is probably best known as the “father” of Beowulf clusters and for his research on Petaflops computing architecture. He was one of several researchers to receive the Gordon Bell Prize for this work on Beowulf 1997. In 1996, he started the inter-disciplinary HTMT project to conduct a detailed point design study of an innovative Petaflops architecture. He currently leads the MIND memory accelerator architecture project for scalable data-intensive computing and is an investigator on the DOE sponsored Fast-OS Project to develop a new generation of configurable light-weight parallel runtime software system. Thomas is co-author of five books and holds six patents.