Thomas Schulthess (CSCS)

Thomas Schulthess holds a chair for computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano since fall of 2008. He received his PhD in 1994 from ETH Zurich and spent many years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While his primary research is on computational methods for materials science, as CSCS Director he has taken interest in developing energy efficient computing systems for climate modeling and meteorology. Thomas led the teams that won the ACM Gordon Bell Prizes in 2008 and 2009 with the first production-level applications that sustained a petaflop. Under his leadership CSCS and MeteoSwiss introduced the first GPU accelerated systems for weather forecasting that went operational in 2016, and for which they received the Swiss ICT Award for outstanding IT-based projects and services.

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