Hal Finkel, Ph.D.

Hal Finkel, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, U.S. Department of Energy

Title: Community Research Priorities for Next-Generation Scientific Computing and Parallel Discrete Event Simulation

Abstract: In this talk, I’ll introduce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program and summarize ASCR community research priorities for parallel discrete event simulation (PDES). These priorities include addressing the many challenges in using PDES on large-scale high-performance computing systems, notably ASCR’s upcoming exascale supercomputers. I’ll discuss some use cases for PDES that are relevant to DOE’s mission and relationships with community research priorities in hardware/software co-design, scientific machine learning, data management, cybersecurity and privacy, and software development. Future work on PDES is expected to have an impact on, and be impacted by, progress in these important areas.

Bio: Hal is a program manager for computer-science research in the US Department of Energy Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program. Prior to joining ASCR, Hal was the Lead for Compiler Technology and Programming Languages at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility. As part of DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Hal was a PathForward technical lead and PI/Co-PI of several multi-institution activities. Hal also helped develop the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC), a two-time IEEE/ACM Gordon Bell Prize finalist. He graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics focusing on numerical simulation of early-universe cosmology.