The HPC Advisory Council is also a community effort support center for HPC end-users, providing the following capabilities:

The HPC Advisory Council Members of the Board

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HPC Advisory Council Chairman
Gilad Shainer –
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 Media Relations and Events Director
Cydney Stevens –
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
Tong Liu –
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 China Events Manager
Blade Meng –
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 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 Educational Outreach
Scot Schultz –
Scot Schultz is a technology specialist with broad knowledge in operating systems, high speed interconnects, processors technology, clustering and applications characterizations such as bioinformatics, electronic design, engineering, entertainment & media, financial services, and oil & gas. Scot is also a board member of OpenFabrics Alliance and the HyperTransport consortium, among many others.

HPC Advisory Council HPC|Scale Special Interest Group Chair
Richard Graham –
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 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 Technology Advisor
Sadaf Alam –
Sadaf Alam is a computer scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), Switzerland.  She is a member of the Scientific Computing Research group where she leads programming environment for future HPC systems tasks.  She has a PhD in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Director of the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Center of Excellence and HPC|Storage Special Interest Group Chair
Hussein Harake –
Hussein Harake is an HPC System Manager. He has been working for the Swiss National Super Computing Center (CSCS) for over 9 years and has been a frequent contributor to different HPC projects. In the last 3 years he was involved in implementing different Cray XT systems, most recently the XT5 22K cores and 211Tflops. Hussein also leads the central file storage and the high speed network (InfiniBand) implementation projects at CSCS.

Director of University Outreach, China
Xuanhua Shi –
Xuanhua Shi is a professor in Service Computing Technology and System Lab and Cluster and Grid Computing Lab, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in 2005. From 2006, he worked as an INRIA Post-Doc in PARIS team at Rennes for one year. His current research interests focus on the scalability, resilience and autonomy of large-scale distributed systems, such as peta-scale systems, and data centers.  He published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, received research support from a variety of governmental and industrial organizations, such as National Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, European Union and so on.  He has chaired several conferences and workshops, and served on technical program committees of numerous international conferences.  He is a member of the IEEE and ACM, a senior member of the CCF.