The SCA Awards forms an integral part of the annual conference.
Computing (HPC) and was subsequently rebranded as the SCA awards with the launch of the SCA conference series.
The Awards are an opportunity for the HPC community to recognise individuals who have contributed significantly
in one way or another or who have been instrumental in the development of the HPC ecosystem in Singapore and regionally.
The aim of the SCA Awards is to recognise individuals, teams or organisations who have:
• Played a significant role as a pioneer or has been a driving force in the development of HPC in Singapore.
• Contributed greatly to the advancement of the HPC in Singapore, regionally or beyond.
• Helped shape the HPC ecosystem in Asia and beyond.
• Promoted excellence in HPC and is a recognised visionary and thought leader.
Potential nominees and candidates for the SCA20 Awards are gathered by the SCA Organising Committee.
The eventual awardees and evaluated, shortlisted and recommended by a committee of distinguished local and international panellists.
Singapore HPC Pioneer & Achievement Award
The Singapore HPC-Pioneer & Achievement Award recognises an individual who has been instrumental in shaping Singapore’s High Performance Computing journey from the start and who has made a significant contribution to its development since.
Prof. Simon See
Director and Chief Solution Architect,
Nvidia AI Technology Center
Professor Simon See is currently the Solution Architecture and Engineering Director and Chief Solution Architect for Nvidia AI Technology Center. He is also a Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Professor in Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), and Professor in Universitas Indonesia (UI). He is being conferred as a Distinguished Fudan Scholar in September 2018 by Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Previously Professor See is also the Chief Scientific Computing Advisor for BGI (China) and has a position in Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and King-Mong Kung University of Technology (Thailand). Professor See is currently involved in a number of smart city projects, especially in Singapore and China. His research interests are in the area of High-Performance Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics and Simulation Methodology. Professor See is also leading some of the AI initiatives in the Asia Pacific. He is a Steering Committee member of NSCC’s flagship High Performance Computing Conference Supercomputing Asia (SCA) since March 2018. He has published over 200 papers in these areas and has won various awards.
Professor See is also the member of SIAM, IEEE, and IET. He is also the committee member of more than 50 conferences.
Professor See graduated from the University of Salford (UK) with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and numerical analysis in 1993. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Dr. See worked for SGI, DSO National Lab. of Singapore, IBM, International Simulation Ltd (UK), Sun Microsystems and Oracle. He is also providing consultancy to a number of national research and supercomputing centers.
For his efforts in setting up the first NVAITC in Singapore and driving HPC in AI locally and globally, the SupercomputingAsia Conference (SCA) confers the SCA20 Singapore HPC Pioneer & Achievement Award to Prof. Simon See.
Asia HPC Leadership Award
The Asia HPC Leadership Award recognises an outstanding individual with excellence in leadership, long standing contributions to the HPC community and held in high regard by their international peers.
Prof. Taisuke Boku
Director & Professor,
Center for Computational Sciences,
Dr. Taisuke Boku received his Master and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Keio University. After his career as assistant professor in Department of Physics at Keio University, he joined the Center for Computational Sciences (former Center for Computational Physics) at University of Tsukuba where he is currently the director and the HPC division leader.
For around 30 years, he has been researching on HPC system architecture, system software, and performance evaluation and tuning for a wide variety of scientific applications. During this time, he has been playing a central role in the system development of CP-PACS (ranked as number one in TOP500 in 1996), FIRST, PACS-CS, HA-PACS and Cygnus which are the representative supercomputers in Japan.
He is currently the Director of Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba, and the Vice Director of JCAHPC (Joint Center for Advanced HPC), which is a joint organization by University of Tsukuba and the University of Tokyo to operate the largest KNL-based cluster in Japan, Oakforest-PACS (25PFLOPS peak performance). He is also the Chair of HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) Resource Management and Service Committee for all supercomputer resource utilization under the MEXT HPCI program in Japan.
He is a member of the system architecture working group of the Post-K Computer (“Fugaku”) development. Before that, he was also a member of system architecture working group of the K Computer development. He is a co-author of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2011.
He has been working in a number of roles at major international academic events:
For his dedicated service in developing and building the foundations of the Asian HPC community, the SupercomputingAsia Conference (SCA) confers the SCA20 Asia HPC Leadership Award to Dr. Taisuke Boku.
Asia HPC Pioneer Award
The Asia HPC Pioneer Award recognises an outstanding individual who has demonstrated great vision in the future of HPC for Asia.
Dr. David Kahaner
Dr. David K. Kahaner is the Founding Director of ATIP. He was formerly the Associate Director of the US Office of Naval Research Asia (ONR). He also spent more than twenty years at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (formerly the National Bureau of Standards).
Dr. Kahaner has been examining Information Rich Technologies in Asia for many years. His analyses are circulated worldwide to thousands in industry, government, and academia. They are reprinted in many journals as well as often quoted in major newsmedia, and he consults and lectures frequently on those topics both in and outside of the region. In 1993 he was awarded the title of “Mr Asia” by Computerworld. He was the Asian Chair for Supercomputing 90–94, the International Relations Chair for Supercomputing 95, the originator of the first HPC-Asia’95, held in Taipei, and Chair of the International Organizing Committees for HPC-Asia’97, held in Seoul, HPC-Asia’98 held in Singapore, HPC-Asia 00 held in Australia, and HPC-Asia 02 held in Bangalore. One of Dr Kahaner’s goals is to develop a technology-based information service focused on activities in the Asian region that will be of strategic and business value to both Westerners and Asians.
Dr. Kahaner obtained his PhD in applied mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology. He spent more than 10 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and became responsible for mathematical software and library development as well as applications consulting. At NIST he was responsible for scientific software on both large and small computers. Many of the applications he and his group developed are used in scientific computing centers worldwide, and he has received several national awards for this work. Dr. Kahaner is the author of two well known books and more than 50 refereed research papers. He has edited a column on scientific applications of computers for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and has numerous journal editorial and associate editorial positions in publications ranging from IEEE Micro, IEEE Computer Science and Engineering, the MITJ of Supercomputer Applications, and others. He has had visiting professorships at major universities in the U.S, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, where he has taken extensive sabbaticals and still retains significant associations.
For his early advocacy of Asian HPC and his pioneering work in growing the community, the SupercomputingAsia Conference (SCA) confers the SCA20 Asia HPC Pioneer Award to Dr. David Kahaner.
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Members of the Selection Committee comprise distinguished local and international panellists who are active in the HPC ecosystem.The members who have been invited to be part of the committee include:
Prof Satoshi Matsuoka,
Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), Japan
Prof Sean Smith,
Director, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), The Australian National University (ANU), Australia
Prof Deng Yue Fan,
Professor, Applied Mathematics, Stony Brook University, US
Dr Marek Michalewicz,
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Poland
A/Prof Tan Tin Wee,
Chief Executive, National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore
Prof Lawrence Wong,
President, Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN)
Dr John Kan,
Chief Information Officer, A*STAR, Singapore
Mr Tan Chee Chiang,
Head of Research Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS) Computer Centre, Singapore
Mr Alvin Ong,
Chief Information Officer (CIO), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
The candidates for the SCA20 awards were nominated and selected by a committee of distinguished international panellists and HPC luminaries.
Some of the SCA Award categories include:
|Asia HPC Leadership Award||
The Asia HPC Leadership Award recognises an outstanding individual with excellence in leadership within the HPC community.
|Asia HPC Visionary/Pioneer Award||
The Asia HPC Visionary Award recognises an outstanding individual who has demonstrated great vision in the future of HPC for Asia.
| Singapore HPC -Pioneer and
| The Singapore HPC-Pioneer & Achievement Award recognises an individual who has been instrumental in shaping Singapore’s
High Performance Computing journey from the start and who has made a significant contribution to its development since.
| Singapore HPC Distinguished
|The Singapore HPC Distinguished Service Award recognises an individual with long-service and contribution within the local HPC community.|