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Peter Beckman named director at Argonne facility

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Peter Beckman has been named director of the Leadership Computing Facility at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. The Leadership Computing Facility operates the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), which is home to the world's fastest computer for open science, the Blue Gene/P and is part of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) effort to provide leadership-class computing resources to the scientific community.

'Pete plays a strategic role by leading the ALCF and making the wealth of Argonne's resources in computation and computer science available to researchers addressing a wide array of scientific challenges from understanding Parkinson's disease, to modelling nuclear reactors or predicting climate change,' said Rick Stevens, Argonne's associate laboratory director for computing, environment, and life sciences.

Beckman also leads Argonne's exascale computing strategic initiative and has previously served as the ALCF's chief architect and project director. He has worked in systems software for parallel computing, operating systems and Grid computing for 20 years.