San Diego Supercomputer Center Director Appointed
to Endowed Chair
“Fran Berman is a pioneer in Grid computing and a leader in the
international effort to build a comprehensive information infrastructure
to support 21st Century research in science and engineering,” said
Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible in announcing Berman’s appointment
to the new Endowed Chair in High Performance Computing.
Berman is a Jacobs School professor of computer science and engineering
and directs the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD. She also
directs the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Partnership for
Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a consortium of 41 research
groups, institutions, and university partners with the goal of developing
information infrastructure to extend the reach of science and engineering.
Berman chairs the executive committee of the NSF’s $88 million TeraGrid
project, an expanding, multi-year effort to build and deploy the world’s
largest, fastest, distributed computing infrastructure for open scientific
As director of SDSC, Berman oversees a staff of more than 400, as well
as computational resources capable of trillions of calculations per second,
and massive data storage and management systems. SDSC scientists and technologists
are leaders and collaborators in a variety of substantive collaborative
research efforts including the Geosciences Network (GEON), the Protein
Data Bank (PDB), the Alliance for Cellular Signaling (AfCS), the Cooperative
Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Biomedical Informatics
Research Network (BIRN), and others.
A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Berman obtained
a B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from
the University of Washington in 1979.
|“Fran Berman has exhibited a special
talent over and over in her career at identifying important issues
and important research problems, and putting together plans to address
Klawe, President, Association of Computing Machinery