“Buddy” Bland is the program director for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), which has hosted the “Jaguar” and “Titan” Cray supercomputers, each of which were ranked #1 on the Top500 list of the world’s fastest computers. He currently leads the project to deliver the IBM “Summit” supercomputer. He previously served as OLCF project director from 2006 until 2017 and director of operations for the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) from 1996 until June 2006. Buddy has worked in high-performance computing his entire career. He joined the staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1984 as the system programmer/administrator for the Cray X-MP system and since has managed a series of high performance systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Prior to joining ORNL, Buddy was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi.