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New face at Argonne

Franck Cappello, a researcher and leader in high-performance computing, has joined Argonne’s mathematics and computer science division as senior computer scientist and project manager of research on resilience at the extreme scale. Cappello is co-director of the INRIA-Illinois Joint Laboratory on Petascale Computing and visiting research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Resilience involves the ability of application workloads to achieve a correct solution in a timely and efficient manner in light of the frequent errors – both recoverable and not – that are expected in extreme-scale computers.

Solving the technical challenges of resilience has been recognised as key to successful exploitation of exascale systems for scientific problem-solving, and several workshops have been held addressing the need for practical resilience strategies.

'Franck’s research experience in large-scale computing in general and resilience in particular, combined with his record of successful leadership, make him well qualified to head this new project,' said Marc Snir, director of the Argonne’s MCS division and Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga professor in the department of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cappello received his PhD from the University of Paris XI in 1994 and joined CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research. In 2003, he joined INRIA, where he holds the position of permanent senior researcher. In 2009, Cappello also became visiting research professor at the University of Illinois.

He has developed and directed several R&D projects, including the MPICH-V project to provide a message-passing interface based on the Argonne-developed MPICH software.

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