The University of Texas at Austin awarded a 2012 Presidential Citation to Jay Boisseau, director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and ICES member, for building his university unit into a nationally recognized leader.
Bill Powers, president of the university, will present the Presidential Citations and other major university awards in a ceremony March 7. The Presidential Citation was created in 1979 to recognize extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university’s commitment to transforming lives. They salute those whose service exemplifies the values shared by the university community. The university does not award honorary degrees.
Boisseau, who has led TACC since 2001, has worked with colleagues around campus to build TACC into a leader and innovator in the supercomputing world.
The center operates several of the most powerful supercomputers and visualization systems in the world. These systems have enabled researchers in fields as diverse as microbiology, cosmology and the arts to push the frontiers of their disciplines.
The number of TACC employees has increased from a dozen to more than 100 staffers and students, deepening the university’s expertise in high-performance computing.
Boisseau is one of the leaders in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment project, the most powerful and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
TACC is revving up for a new NSF-awarded high-performance computing system, Stampede, in January 2013, which is expected to be valued at more than $50 million. Its peak performance will be 20 times as powerful as TACC’s current flagship system, Ranger, which marked the largest NSF award in the university’s history.
Boisseau earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees in astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin where his interest in high-performance computing was stimulated by his research on modeling the dynamics of supernovae. He received his undergraduate degree in astronomy from the University of Virginia.