March 1, 2019
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Computation's Lori Diachin named one of HPCwire's 'People to Watch' for 2019

Jeremy Thomas, thomas244 [at], 925-422-5539

The online high-performance computing news publication HPCwire has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Lori Diachin, Computation’s deputy associate director for science and technology, as one of its "People to Watch" in 2019.

The honor recognizes key figures who are likely to propel the HPC industry forward in the coming year. In 2018, Diachin took over the role of deputy director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Diachin said over the next year her primary focus will be on preparing for a critical ECP review that will set the technical baselines for the remainder of the project.  

"I’m very grateful to have been selected by HPCwire as a Person to Watch in 2019," Diachin said. "The current and previous recipients are luminaries in our field and to be associated with people of that caliber is a real honor."

The ECP involves 15 DOE labs, numerous university partners and more than 1,000 researchers. In her role as director, Diachin said she will be working with the ECP leadership team to define technical scope and budget plans for fiscal years 2020-2023. She also will continue to be heavily involved in helping develop the processes and policies that govern research, development and deployment activity of this scale, meeting with stakeholders across the different programs at DOE and with senior management at the six primary partner laboratories.

Diachin has spent the past 16 years at LLNL, where she has held numerous leadership roles including director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing and director for the HPC4Manufacturing and HPC4Materials programs in DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Fossil Energy program offices. Before joining LLNL in 2003, Diachin was a computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratory. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from University of Virginia in 1992.

Diachin was one of 12 people honored by the publication. She was joined on the list by Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility Director of Science Jack Wells, executives from IBM, Cray, AMD and NVIDIA and others in the computing industry and academia.

"HPCwire’s People to Watch selections are the visionaries and innovators building and deploying advanced technologies driving the most transformative scientific, national defense and business computing," said Tiffany Trader, managing editor of HPCwire. "As we digitize the business world, and digitally replicate the natural world, our People to Watch are developing the increasingly powerful technology stack that will transform the world of tomorrow. The HPCwire editorial board recognizes these 12 individuals poised to have a major impact on HPC."

Visit HPCwire to read Diachin’s Q&A. To view a profile video interview with Exascale Computing Project Communication Manager Mike Bernhardt, visit YouTube.