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The HPC Advisory Council Members of the Board

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HPC Advisory Council Chairman
Gilad Shainer – gilad@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Gilad Shainer is an HPC evangelist that focuses on high-performance computing, high-speed interconnects, leading-edge technologies and performance characterizations. He serves as a board member in the OpenPOWER, CCIX, OpenCAPI and UCF organizations, a member of IBTA and contributor to the PCISIG PCI-X and PCIe specifications. Mr. Shainer holds multiple patents in the field of high-speed networking. He is also a recipient of 2015 R&D100 award for his contribution to the CORE-Direct collective offload technology. Mr. Shainer holds an M.Sc. degree and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology. He also holds patents in the field of high-speed networking.

HPC Advisory Council – Director of Worldwide Operations
Brian Sparks – brian@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Brian Sparks is a co-founder of the Council and responsible for the Council’s worldwide operations and activities. As an avid open source and developer community organizer, Brian has helped create and foster multiple open, developer communities, including the Open, Domain-Specific Architecture Workgroup (ODSA) which soon merged into the Open Compute Project (OCP), and Open-NFP, a community-driven organization that empowered open and collaborative research in the area of network function processing. Brian has also held Marketing Working Group Chair positions in the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA). Brian holds a B.A. degree in Communications from San Jose State University.

HPC Advisory Council Media Relations and Events Director
Cydney Stevens – cydney@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Cydney Stevens is responsible for the promotion, education, and outbound communication of the HPC Advisory Council's activities, workshops, and events. Cydney worked at leading HPC organizations such as Cray, Sun and Dell, and supported many HPC startups at the first stage of their life. Cydney holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Chair of HPC Advisory Council, Asia
Qingchun Song – qingchun@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Qingchun Song has a Master in Computing Science from the China Tsinghua University. He has 15 years of experience in the HPC and storage industries and took part in many China, Japan, Singapore and Korea supercomputer designs. Qingchun was principle architect of AI solutions and participated in building an RDMA eco-system for machine learning/deep learning and big data frameworks.

HPC Advisory Council Cloud Technology Specialist
He Wanqing – wanqing@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Dr. He Wanqing serves as the director of Alibaba Cloud High Performance Computing and a senior technical expert. Dr. He has graduated from the Shanghai Jiaotong University as Ph.D in thermal physics. He has worked in IT research and development in State Power Corporation, Motorola, Intel, Huawei and other companies before Alibaba. Since joining Intel in 2004, he has focused on high performance computing application performance optimization, heterogeneous computing on Intel MIC architecture and Lustre Parallel file system. As in the core development team of Tianhe 2, he supported the integration of Xeon Phi many-core accelerators, and has supported a large number of HPC applications in Asia Pacific and China for more than ten years. Over the years, Dr. He and the academic community have cooperated closely to promote the popularization of science and technology in the industry. He has served as the vice chairman of the CCF YOCSEF, the board member of CCF committee and CCF HPCTC. He actively supports youth innovation, serving as ISEF judge for years. He is enthusiastic in public welfare, won the CCF's best speaker of the year for four times, in his spare time, he keeps writing the public blog "four-dimensional debris" to broadcast scientific rationality.

Director of HPC Advisory Council, Asia
Tong Liu – tong@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Tong Liu is responsible for application performance characterization and benchmarking with high-speed interconnects. Before joining the HPC Advisory Council, Mr. Liu was a senior software design engineer at Hewlett-Packard where he led distributed data warehouse development. Prior to HP, he was a systems engineer and advisor in the Scalable Systems Group at Dell Inc. He has published more than 20 publications in the High Performance Computing field. Mr. Liu holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University.

HPC Advisory Council APAC, Manager
Blade Meng – blade@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Blade Meng is is responsible for organizing the HPC Advisory Council's events and press engagements in China. Before joining the council, Mr. Meng served as executive editor at ZDNet China, focusing on products and technologies around server, processor, virtualization, cloud computing, data centers and high-performance computing. Prior to ZDNet, he was the editor at IT168, focused on enterprise product and technologies, and also served as administrators of ChinaUnix and ITpub which are two famous media outlets in the Chinese technical community. Skilled in Internet marketing and social networking, Mr. Meng graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

HPC Advisory Council HPC|Works Special Interest Group Co-Chair and Student Cluster Competition Manager
Pak Lui – pak@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Pak Lui is responsible for application characterization, profiling and testing. Before joining the HPC Advisory Council, Mr. Lui was a cluster and software engineer, responsible for building and testing different configurations and environments. Mr. Lui hold a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Boston University

HPC Advisory Council Director of AI and Deep Learning
Scot Schultz – scot@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Scot Schultz is a HPC technology specialist with broad knowledge in machine learning frameworks, operating systems, high speed interconnects and processor technologies. Schultz is 30-year veteran of the computing industry in various engineering and leadership roles in the area of high performance computing. Scot has also been instrumental with the growth and development of various industry organizations including serving as founding board-member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, serving as co-chair of the Open Fabrics Alliance, Director of Educational Outreach and founding member of the HPC Advisory Council.

HPC Advisory Council HPC|Scale Special Interest Group Chair
Richard Graham – richard@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Richard Graham has been at ONRL since Jan, 2007 and is the Group Leader for the Application Performance Tools group in the Computer Science and Mathematics division at ONRL, and is a Distinguished member of the Research Staff.  Prior to joining ORNL he spent eight years at ORNL serving in a range of technical and managerial roles, leaving as the acting group leader for the Advanced Computing Laboratory.  He is currently chairman of the MPI Forum, and is leading the MPI-3 effort.  He led the LA-MPI development effort, and is one of three founders of the Open MPI project. Dr. Graham received his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1990, and a BS in Chemistry from Seattle Pacific University in 1983.

HPC Advisory Council HPC|Works Special Interest Group Co-Chair and Cluster Center Manager
Ophir Maor – ophir@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Ophir Maor is responsible for application characterization, profiling and testing. Before joining the HPC Advisory Council, Mr. Maor was a system architect and software engineer, responsible for building and testing new technologies and data center environments. Mr. Maor hold a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University.

HPC Advisory Council Lab and Student Cluster Competition Manager
David Cho – davidcho@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Mr. Cho is an application performance engineer responsible for application characterization, profiling and benchmarking for over 7 years. Mr. Cho holds a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.

HPC Advisory Council HPC Application Performance Specialist
Gerardo Cisneros-Stoianowski – gerardo@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Gerardo Cisneros-Stoianowski is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, and a Life Senior Member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. He was a Research Professor at the IPN and a Research Professor at the Institute of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico). Later, he held Applications Scientist, Principal Systems Engineer and Member of the Technical Staff positions successively at SGI. He is listed as a contributor to the NWChem computational chemistry application. Gerardo Cisneros-Stoianowski is author or co-author of over 40 papers on applications of computing to solid-state physics and quantum chemistry, and on programming languages for symbolic manipulation. He holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics and in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN, Mexico), as well as M.S. and M.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

HPC Advisory Council HPC Application Performance Specialist
Yong Qin – yong@hpcadvisorycouncil.com
Yong Qin is a seasoned High-Performance Computing professional with a vast experience and knowledge on applications performance analysis and tuning, large system architecture design, operation, and cutting-edge technologies. Before joining the HPC Advisory Council, he served as an HPC Consultant at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of California, Berkeley for more than 8 years. Yong Qin received his PhD in Chemical Engineering and a doctoral minor in High Performance Computing from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005, and a MS and BS in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 1997.