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A team of current and former Lawrence Livermore and IBM scientists won the annual Test of Time award at the 2020 Supercomputing Conference on November 19 for a 2002 paper outlining the Laboratory’s Blue Gene/L supercomputer. The paper was the first peer-reviewed overview article to disclose details of Blue Gene/L, including its nodes, system packaging, and software support. Among the paper’s co-authors were Livermore physicist Pavlos Vranas and former Laboratory employees Lynn Kissel, Mark Seager, R. Kim Yates, and Jeffrey Vetter.

The Test of Time award recognizes a paper from a past Supercomputing Conference that has deeply influenced the high-performance computing (HPC) discipline, made a historical impact, and changed HPC trends. It has been awarded annually since 2013.

In January 2021, the the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, announced the elevation of Bronis de Supinski to the rank of fellow, recognizing Livermore Computing’s chief technology officer for his leadership in the design and use of large-scale computing systems. 

The prestigious IEEE fellow distinction is the highest grade of membership in IEEE. Fewer than 0.1 percent of voting members are selected annually by the organization’s fellow committee for the honor.

As chief technology officer, de Supinski formulates the Laboratory’s large-scale computing strategy and oversees its implementation, frequently interacting with HPC leaders and collaborating with industry and academia. In 2005 and 2006, de Supinski won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize as well as two R&D 100 awards, including one for leading the development of a novel scalable debugging tool.