Computational chemist makes online magazine’s ‘People to Watch’ list

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Edoardo Aprà

The publishers of the online supercomputing magazine HPCwire expect great things of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) computational chemist Edoardo Aprà in the coming year. Aprà is among 10 individuals included in the magazine’s “People to Watch” list for 2011.

“These thought leaders from the academic, government, industrial and vendor communities comprise an elite group of individuals that we believe will impact and influence the future of High Performance Computing in 2011 and far beyond,” wrote Jeff Hyman, HPCwire’s president and publisher.

“While we can’t acknowledge everyone who meets these criteria, the 2011 final selections were carefully made following discussions with the HPCwire editorial and publishing teams, guidance from past recipients, and with input from industry luminaries across the HPC community.”

The list will be Aprà’s second recent honor from the publication. In November he received the HPCwire Reader’s Choice Award in supercomputing achievement for his work with the computational chemistry application NWChem, developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Under Aprà’s guidance, NWChem joined the rarefied community of petascale applications, reaching 1.39 thousand trillion calculations per second, or 1.39 petaflops.

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