Background

Balint received a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors (B.Sc Hons.) and his Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics both from Edinburgh University in 1996 and 2000 respectively. Since then he has been a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kentucky, at Columbia University (on placement from Edinburgh University) and at Edinburgh University before embarking on a career position at the US DOE Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in 2005. He joined Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in 2020.

Balint’s research interests are computational Lattice Quantum-Chromodynamics (LQCD), related algorithms such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, Molecular Dynamics Integration algorithms and Sparse Linear Solvers (Krylov Subspace methods and Adaptive Multi-Grid) and related computational techniques and technologies such as software development, optimization, accelerated and novel architectures and programming for performance portability. He is one of the main developers of the Chroma software system for LQCD and has been responsible for its integration with optimized libraries such as the QUDA library for QCD on GPUs. Balint has also been a user at DOE and other HPC facilities and has represented the user community as a member and former chair of the Oak Ridge User Group executive and as a member and vice chair of the NERSC User Group Executive (NUGEX).

Outside work Balint enjoys fencing, cycling and swimming and occasionally climbing.