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The Taub Faculty of Computer Science Events and Talks

ceClub: Translational Computer Science at Work
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Miron Livny (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
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Wednesday, 24.05.2023, 11:30
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Taub 401
The UW-Madison Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) is the home of the HTCondor Software Suite (HTCSS). Located in the Computer Sciences department, the center was established more than 15 years ago on the foundation of a research methodology that brings together innovation in distributed computing and services to scientists. Evaluation of new technologies under real-life conditions by engaged users advanced scientific discovery and guided the center in future research and development activities. The HTCSS has been serving for almost four decades as a means to place new capabilities in the hands of researchers who can benefit from advances in Throughput Computing. Having a capable and dependable suite of software tools enabled adoption of advanced Throughput Computing methodologies by an international community of users. Abramson and Parashar in their recent formalization of Translational Research in Computer Science (TCS) identified such an engaged community as one of the three pillars of the TCS workflow. These diverse adopters also provide the second pillar of the TCS workflow which is the locale – the place where the new technology is deployed and evaluated. The talk will present the different elements that facilitate the translational work of the CHTC. These include a campus wide and a national research computing environment and a sustained sequence of software releases. The challenges of sustaining such a center in an academic institution will be discussed and the opportunities for innovation triggered by ever evolving research computing environments at all scales will be reviewed. Bio: Miron Livny received a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1975 from the Hebrew University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1978 and 1984, respectively. Since 1983 he has been on the Computer Sciences Department faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently the John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Science. He serves as the director of the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC), is leading the HTCondor Software Suite effort and serves as the technical director of the OSG. He is a member of the scientific leadership team of the Morgridge Institute of Research where he leads the Research Computing theme. Dr. Livny’s research focuses on distributed processing and data management systems and involves close collaboration with researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines. He pioneered the area of High Throughput Computing (HTC) and developed frameworks and software tools that have been widely adopted by academic and commercial organizations around the world. Livny is the recipient of the 2006 ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award the 2013 HPDC Achievement Award and the 2020 IEEE TCDP Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.