Supercomputing Expert Daniel Reed Joins Microsoft Research

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 9, 2007 — Daniel A. Reed will join Microsoft Research as director of Scalable and Multicore Computing, reporting to Senior Vice President of Research Rick Rashid. Reed is an expert in high-performance computing, multicore architectures and scientific applications, as well as a leader in U.S. information technology research policy.

Reed is the director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, a major collaborative venture of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University and the state of North Carolina. He is also a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and is the current chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, which represents the interests of the major academic computing departments and industrial research laboratories in North America.

“Multicore processors represent one of the largest technology transitions in the computing industry today, with deep implications for how we develop software. At the same time, the emergence of software as a service creates new R&D needs for very large-scale datacenters for service delivery,” Rashid said. “Dan brings to Microsoft Research the kind of vision and expertise that will help us unleash the potential of software for these new computing paradigms.”

Reed is one of the world’s leading experts on parallel computing, large-scale system design and related domains. As a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee he chaired the subcommittee on computational science, which produced the report “Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness.” He also co-chaired the 2007 review of IT research by PCAST, which produced the report “Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in a Competitive World.” While director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2000 to 2004, Reed was chief architect of the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid, a nationwide open-computing infrastructure for science and engineering research.

“Two great forces are reshaping computing: multicore processors with unprecedented power and the explosive growth of software services hosted on megascale data centers,” said Reed. “There’s no better place than Microsoft Research for me to explore next-generation hardware and software designs that address these fundamental technology challenges.”

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