Praise for oustanding female researcher

The Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has announced that Katherine Yelick of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is the 2013-2014 Athena Lecturer. The award honours outstanding women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science.

'The Athena Lecturer award is a leading award in the computing community, and is a well-deserved honour that recognises Dr Yelick's rich legacy of accomplishments in the field,' said William Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois and General Chair of SC13.

'Kathy's research has led to fundamental improvements in the ways in which we think about parallelism in complex applications and express it at large scale.'

Among Yelick's substantial body of work is co-creation of Unified Parallel C and core contributions to the theory and practice of performance analysis, modelling and optimisation for the field of high-performance computing.

'The Athena award recognises contributions to the entire field of computer science,' continues Gropp. 'That the ACM-W chose to recognise such an accomplished researcher from the field of HPC is also a recognition of the growing importance of high-performance and technical computing to computer science and to society as a whole.'

Each Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event of her choosing. Yelick's lecture will be featured at SC13, to be held in Denver, Colorado, from 17 to 22 November 2013.

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