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Introduction to High Performance Computing
13-24 August 2018 KTH main campus

Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos is the Director of ECIT, the Global Research Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology (ECIT) and a Professor in the School o fElectronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast. He is an internationally leading expert in system software for scalable computing. His research explores new approaches to improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of data servers, data centres, and high-performance computing systems. Professor Nikolopoulos is the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the DOE CAREER Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the SFI-DEL Investigator Award and Best Paper Awards from some of the premier IEEE and ACM conferences, including SC, PPoPP, and IPDPS. He has mentored 14 PhD students and 14 post-doctoral research fellows over his career. They jointly produced over 200 top-tier papers, with extensive funding (£12.0m in a Principal Investigator and £43.7m in a CoInvestigator role) awarded competitively by the NSF, DOE, EPSRC, SFI, NI DfE, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, the European Commission, IBM, SAP, and Intel. Professor Nikolopoulos has taught modules in computer organisation, computer architecture, parallel programming, operating systems and embedded systems in the past 16 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Senior Member of the IEEE and Senior Member of the ACM. He earned PhD (2000), MSc (1997) and BEng (1996) degrees in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras.

Michael Hanke has been a university lecturer and docent at KTH since 1998. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Humboldt University of Berlin and has lectured in a variety of universities throughout the world, including the Computing Center of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Russia), Johannes Kepler University (Austria), University of Zaragoza (Spain), and University of Pittsburgh (USA). He has also worked in industry as a Scientific Consultant for Comsol AB and UTRC in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Michael's scientific interests include the development of computational methods in systems biology and neuroscience. 

Roman Iakymchuk works as a post-doctoral researcher at the PDC Center for High-Performance Computing and the Computational Science and Technology Department at the School of Computer Science and Communication at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Roman obtained a Dr. rer. nat. (which is equivalent to a Ph.D.) in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. During his Ph.D., Roman did an internship at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. Roman carried out his Master’s and Bachelor’s studies in Applied Mathematics at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. Roman’s research interests span the fields of numerical linear algebra, high-performance computing, and floating-point arithmetic.

Christoph Kessler is a professor for Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden, where he leads the Programming Environment Laboratory's research group on compiler technology and parallel computing. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1994 from the University of Saarbrücken, Germany, and a Habilitation degree in 2001 from the University of Trier, Germany. In 2001 he joined Linköping university, Sweden, as associate professor at the computer science department (IDA). In 2007 he was appointed full professor at Linköping university. His research interests include parallel programming, compiler technology, code generation, program optimization, and software composition. For publications and further information see his web page at

Ahmed Hemani is Professor in Electronic Systems Design at School of ICT, KTH, Kista, Sweden.  His current areas of research interests are massively parallel architectures and design methods and their applications to scientific computing and autonomous embedded systems inspired by brain. In past he has contributed to high-level synthesis – his doctoral thesis was the basis for the first high-level synthesis product introduced by Cadence called visual architect.  He has also pioneered the Networks-on-chip concept and has contributed to clocking and low power architectures and design methods. He has extensively worked in industry including National Semiconductors, ABB, Ericsson, Philips Semiconductors, Newlogic. He has also been part of three start-ups.
Niclas Jansson is a postdoc researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He received his M.S. in computer science in 2008 and a PhD in numerical analysis 2013 from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Between 2013 and 2016, Niclas was a postdoc researcher at RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, where he was part of the application development team of the Japanese exascale program, Flagship 2020, focusing on developing extreme scale multiphysics solvers for the K computer, and currently holds a visiting scientist position at RIKEN. He has extensive experience in extreme scale computing as lead developer of RIKEN's multiphysics framework CUBE and the HPC branch of FEniCS.

Erwin Laure is the Director of PDC-HPC, Professor for High Performance Computing, and head of the department for Computational Science and Technologies (CST) at KTH. His research interests include programming environments, languages, compilers and runtime systems for parallel and distributed computing. 

Pekka Manninen is a development manager at CSC - IT Center for Science, the national supercomputing center in Finland. At CSC he leads the group of domain scientists working at CSC and is in charge of the science support and of software portfolio in CSC's computing environment. He left the academic world to work for CSC for the first time in 2007, did a two-year stint at the supercomputer vendor Cray Inc in between, and rejoined CSC in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2004 and holds a position of an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki.

Stefano Markidis is Associate Professor at the CST department at KTH. He received a MS degree from Politecnico di Torino and a PhD degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the investigation of novel programming models for HPC, and innovative algorithms for parallel computing. 

Thor Wikfeldt is an Application Expert in Molecular Dynamics at PDC, KTH. He obtained his PhD in chemical physics in 2011 from Stockholm University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCL, London, and the University of Iceland between 2011-2015. At PDC, Thor provides advanced user support in the areas of molecular dynamics and computational chemistry, and he also works for the CodeRefinery project where he teaches better scientific software development practices to students and researchers.

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