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David Bader

David A. Bader is Chair and Full Professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering, College of Computing, at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Executive Director of High Performance Computing.

His research is supported through highly-competitive research awards, primarily from NSF, NIH, DARPA, and DOE. Dr. Bader serves as a board member of the Computing Research Association (CRA), on the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, on the Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee, on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, and on the Steering Committees of the IPDPS and HiPC conferences. He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) and Program Chair for IPDPS 2014. Bader also serves as an associate editor for several high impact publications including IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing (TOPC), and ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (JEA).

Dr. Bader's interests are at the intersection of high-performance computing and real-world applications, including computational biology and genomics and massive-scale data analytics. He has co-chaired a series of meetings, the IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Computational Biology (HiCOMB), co-organized the NSF Workshop on Petascale Computing in the Biological Sciences, written several book chapters, and co-edited special issues of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) and IEEE TPDS on high-performance computational biology. He is also a leading expert on multicore, manycore, and multithreaded computing for data-intensive applications such as those in massive-scale graph analytics. He has co-authored over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and his main areas of research are in parallel algorithms, combinatorial optimization, massive-scale social networks, and computational biology and genomics.

Prof. Bader is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient, and has received numerous industrial awards from IBM, NVIDIA, Intel, Cray, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft Research. Dr. Bader has served as a lead scientist in several DARPA programs including High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) with IBM PERCS, Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) with NVIDIA ECHELON, Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) and Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT). He has also served as Director of the Sony-Toshiba-IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Broadband Engine Processor. Bader is a co-founder of the Graph500 List for benchmarking "Big Data" computing platforms. Bader is recognized as a "RockStar" of High Performance Computing by InsideHPC and as HPCwire's People to Watch in 2012 and 2014.


Dr. Bader graduated from Liberty High School (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) in 1987. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 1990 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1991 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He then received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from The University of Maryland, College Park. During his doctoral research, he was a NASA Graduate Fellow (1992-1996). His doctoral thesis was "On the Design and Analysis of Practical Parallel Algorithms for Combinatorial Problems with Applications to Image Processing." After receiving his doctorate, he was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Associateship in Experimental Computer Science (1996-1997).


From 1998 to 2005, he was a professor and Regents' Lecturer at The University of New Mexico. In 2005, Bader moved to Georgia Tech, where he was promoted to full professor in 2008. In 2014, Dr. Bader was named Chair of the School of Computer Science and Engineering.

He has served on numerous conference program committees related to parallel processing, is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics, a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society, and a Member of the ACM.

Bader serves on the Steering Committees of the IPDPS and HiPC conferences, and is the General co-Chair for IPDPS (2004--2005), and Vice General Chair for HiPC (2002--2004). David has previously chaired several conference program committees, is the Program Chair for HiPC 2005, and a Program Vice-Chair for IPDPS 2006. In November 2006, Dr. Bader was selected by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM, to direct the first Center of Competence for the Cell Processor. Bader is the author of the world's first published collection on petascale techniques, entitled Petascale Computing: Algorithms and Applications.


He is an NSF CAREER Award recipient, an investigator on several NSF awards, a distinguished speaker in the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitors Program, and is a member of the IBM PERCS team for the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems program. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor in the Boy Scouts of America.

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