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2013 Student Cluster Competition Team at Texas Tech University

Welcome! We are a group of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors at Texas Tech University who are currently working together to find new and interesting ways to approach problems in high performance computing. We have members either working towards or currently hold degrees from the following fields:

Listed below are all of the members of our high performance computing group at Texas Tech University. Not all of our members will be able to participate in the competition, but each individual will be contributing to our group to show that we have the drive and ability to show that the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University is here to further the development of high-performance and parallel computing.

Oh, and did we forget to mention that every single person on our team is a Texas Tech Red Raider to the core? You might be asking yourself, what does that mean? Well, that means that we are always viewed as the underdogs, but we will fight "tooth and nail" to prove that we can compete with the "top" schools in any competition.

Previous Teams

Listed below are links to the webpages for the previous years that we have competed in the competition:

Team Sponsors

Dell, Inc.

We have received confirmation from Dell that they are willing to be our permanent sponsor for the Student Cluster Competition in November at the 2013 ACM/IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. We will be working closely with them to determine the optimal hardware configuration to allow us to be at the top of this competition.

Iceotope

We have received confirmation from Iceotope that they are willing to work with our team to demonstrate their unique design for liquid submersion/cooling technology. We will be working with them over the next few months to determine whether their systems will fit our needs for the Student Cluster Competition.

Texas Tech University’s High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)

We would also like to thank the entirety of the TTU HPCC for all of their help and guidance. They are allowing us to utilize part of their current hardware to be able to learn and further develop our skills. Dr. James Abbott and Dr. Philip Smith have been very gracious in ensuring that we were on the correct track throughout our entire research.

Faculty & Graduate Student Mentors

James Abbott, Ph.D.

Email: james.abbott@ttu.edu
Office: Experimental Sciences 140
Phone: (806) 834-4353
Website: http://www.hpcc.ttu.edu/php/Staff.php
CV: Link
Short Biography:
I graduated with my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1986. I then completed my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. I am currently advising the students in this group and providing my personal experience and expertise as I have been the Associate Director of the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Texas Tech University since 1999.

Yong Chen, Ph.D.

Email: yong.chen@ttu.edu
Office: Engineering Center 211-I
Phone: (806) 742-3527 x230
Fax: (806) 742-3519
Website: http://www.myweb.ttu.edu/yonchen/
Short Biography:
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University (TTU). I am also the Director of the Data-Intensive Scalable Computing Laboratory (DISCL) at TTU. I received my B.E. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of Science and Technology of China, and my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. My research interests include parallel and distributed computing, high-performance computing, data-intensive computing, Cloud computing, and systems software. If you would like to view more information about me or my current CV, please visit my website link above.

Philip Smith, Ph.D.

Email: philip.smith@ttu.edu
Office: 159 Drane Hall
Phone: (806) 834-4350
Website: http://www.hpcc.ttu.edu/php/Staff.php
CV: Link
Short Biography:
I graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, in 1968. I then completed my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1972. I am currently the Senior Director of the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Texas Tech University and a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. I have had previous appointments at Texas A&M and Old Dominion University. I worked for 15 years in industry for companies developing and selling scientific software libraries. I fully support this activity and am excited to see it take off.

Yugendra Guvvala, M.B.A.

Email: yugendra.r.guvvala@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Ph.D. Candidate
Area of Interest: Programming on Accelerators (APUs, GPUs, CELL, BE, etc.), Parallel Programming Models and Constructs, High Performance Computing, Storage, Cloud Computing, and Distributed Computing
Website: http://www.myweb.ttu.edu/yguvvala/
CV: Link
Short Biography:
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University (TTU). I am also the Chair of the gradUate student RESearch in cOmputer scieNce (U-REaSON) (Link to Seminars) at TTU. I received my B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, JNTU, India and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Rawls Collage of Business, Texas Tech University. Currently, I am assisting the group by guiding them and teaching them to program for accelerators. If you would like to view more information about me, please visit my LinkedIn Profile or see the information listed above.

Yin Lu, M.S.

Email: yin.lu@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Ph.D. Candidate
Area of Interest: Parallel I/O and Storage, Distributed Computing
Short Biography:
Yin Lu is currently a Ph.D student at Computer Science Department of Texas Tech University (TTU). Before joining DISCL group, he received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from TTU and worked as a software engineer for three years. His research interests are data-intensive application optimizations in high-performance computing and parallel I/O for large scale systems.

Chao Chen, M.S.

Email: chao.chen@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Ph.D. Candidate
Area of Interest: Parallel I/O and Storage, Distributed Computing
Website: http://www.myweb.ttu.edu/chaochen/
Short Biography:
I am a Ph.D student from Computer Science Department of Texas Tech University and I am a member of DISCL group, led by Dr. Yong Chen. Now I am working on Parallel File Systems, especially focusing on active storage.

Shane Tarleton

Email: tarleton.shane@gmail.com
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Personal Website: http://www.shanetarleton.com
Short Biography:
I was the leader of the Texas Tech University Student Cluster Competition group last year at SC’12 and I am continuing on with my Master’s Degree here at Texas Tech. This year, I will be mentoring the group and helping to ensure that they have the knowledge necessary to perform well at this year’s competition. As a side note, the Student Cluster Competition is what drove me to puruse graduate studies, where my focus is now in parallel and scientific computing.

Undergraduate Students

Daniel Austin

Email: daniel.e.austin@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Junior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I’m currently a junior at TTU studying for a degree in computer science. My interest in computer science started my senior year of high school working on a final project of our choice. My project was a program that could solve any maze. Needless to say, my program at the time worked but was not every efficient. Ever since then I have worked to improve my knowledge in this area of technology.

Bradly (Brad) Crysler

Email: bradcrysler@gmail.com
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Website: http://brad.unlikely-devs.com
Short Biography:
I am currently researching feasible hardware for our cluster. Along with the APUs, I have found hardware that will greatly increase the possibility of our success in this competition. Once the summer begins, I will focus strictly on optimizing the scientific applications to run as flawlessly on our system as possible in order to overcome the slight hardware gaps we may face against teams with other hardware configurations.

Taylor Denison

Email: taylor.denison@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I started programming as a hobby in my freshman year of high school, working on large open-source projects with mixtures of high-level and low-level programming. I have always been especially focused on efficiency and interested in coming up with new ways to rewrite and reconceive old ideas to make them more efficient or more universally-useful. I am currently a junior seeking an undergraduate degree in computer science and plan on continuing my studies to get a Master’s in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (fields still undecided).

Santiago Alberto Estens Flores

Email: santiagoestens@gmail.com
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Sophomore
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S degree in Computer Science. Since I was a kid I have always enjoyed trying to figure out how to use computers to make daily tasks easier and more enjoyable. I am participating in the Student Cluster Competition to learn how to improve speed and performance of the software/hardware in computers and learn from other people's knowledge and experiences.

Cameron Gunter

Email: cameron.gunter@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics, Biology, & Spanish
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I am a senior computer science major seeking my undergraduate degree. I became interested in computer science my junior year of high school while taking AP computer science. I love the logical problem solving computer science requires and I enjoy the challenges that come with it. I will be taking advantage of the 5 year Master’s of Computer Science program at Texas Tech and have an interest in eventually entering the biomedical engineering field.

Scott MacWatters

Email: scott.macwatters@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences, Parallel Computing
Short Biography:
I am an undergraduate student studying Computer Science. I have had an interest in math since I was very young. In high school, I transferred that interest in math to an interest in Computer Science. I'm particularly interested in how algorithms are best optimized to work on multiple cores. Outside of computer science, I have a passion for photojournalism. I have worked for two years as a professional and freelance photojournalist in the Lubbock area.

Daniel Medina-Sada

Email: daniel.medina-sada@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Classification: Freshman
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I am currently in my freshmen year of Computer Science in Texas Tech University. I was born and raised in Torreón, Coahuila in México. In my high school senior year, I participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition team in my school. We made it all the way to the championship round. In my time off, I like to play soccer and video games, program, and mess around with computers. Ever since I got my first own laptop, about 8 years ago, I started to mess around with computers and I enjoyed it. Ever since then, I was interested in how they worked and I started to teach myself how to do a lot of stuff, including basic html programming. Today I really like programming, hours fly by while I am coding.

Matthew Sexton

Email: matthew.sexton@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I am a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer science, hoping to explore a second major or minor in Physics. I have worked in IT for the last 7 years with a large influence in security analysis, penetration testing and high performance computing which has led me to explore both the hardware and software sides of the industry. I have experience in image processing, analog and digital design, GPU and distributed computing, and I am currently focusing on embedded systems design in FPGA and ASIC development for accelerated security applications.

Austin J. Whittington

Email: austin.whittington@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics & Music
Classification: Senior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences
Short Biography:
I am currently completing my Bachelor’s in CS, and going for a Master’s in CS as well, I've been programming since the 3rd grade. The years of school between have given me enough experience that I can easily contribute to the SCC team, which will give me valuable cluster and optimization knowledge for any number of future projects and applications.

Ajeet Yadav

Email: ajeet.yadav@ttu.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Classification: Junior
Area of Interest: Computing Sciences, Cyber-Security, Software Engineering
Short Biography:
I transferred to Texas Tech University in the spring 2013. I received my Associates in Science degree from Richland College. I am currently a junior working on the accelerated program, seeking my Bachelors/Masters degree in Computer Science. My research interests include areas of cyber security and software engineering. Dr. Chen introduced me to DISCL, which got me heavily interested because of the broad scope of high performance computing. This has been a wonderful learning curve and I hope me and my team can mutually benefit from this experience. In my free time, I love playing cricket.