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Interactive Supercomputing reinforces management roster

Interactive Supercomputing (ISC) has appointed ISC board member, Bill Strecker, as its chief technology officer (CTO), while former AMD HPC marketing director David Rich has joined as vice president of marketing.

In addition to his expanded role at ISC, Strecker is a general partner at Flagship Ventures, an ISC investor. Prior to that, he was senior vice president (SVP) of technology and corporate development and CTO of Compaq Computer Corp. Earlier, he worked for 28 years at Digital Equipment Corporation in various executive and senior technical positions, most recently as SVP of corporate strategy and technology and CTO. Strecker is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) W. Wallace McDowell Award for outstanding contributions to the Computer Art. He is a past board member of CMGI, holds 16 US patents, and is the author of numerous technical publications. In addition to ISC, he currently serves as director of IntelliVid, Maptuit and SiCortex.

Rich brings to ISC more than 23 years of marketing, sales and support experience in both large and entrepreneurial high tech companies. At AMD he directed the company’s entry into the HPC cluster market and secured large wins such as the Red Storm system at Sandia National Laboratories and the Dawning 4000A at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center. At the same time, he served as president of the HyperTransport Consortium, a standards organisation which develops specifications for high-speed interconnect technology.

Rich’s earlier experience includes being the founding manager of the TotalView product line, which has become the de facto standard for parallel and distributed debugging. He served as vice president of Fujitsu System Technologies, which developed high-speed networking technology that was a pre-cursor to InfiniBand. His parallel processing experience started at BBN Technologies where he worked on the Butterfly series of computers. Rich received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University.

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