Jeremy Kepner

Dr. Jeremy Kepner (Supercomputing Center Head & Founder)

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Dr. Jeremy Kepner is Head and Founder of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC). Lincoln Laboratory is a 4000-person National Laboratory whose mission is to create defensive technologies to protect our Nation and the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. Dr. Kepner is one of five Lincoln Laboratory Fellows, a position that "recognizes the Laboratory's strongest technical talent for outstanding contributions to Laboratory programs over many years." Dr. Kepner is focused on creating state-of-the-art computing capabilities to enable scientific and engineering breakthroughs to solve the Nation's most challenging problems. He received his PhD in Astrophysics from Princetion University in 1998 (advisor: Prof. David Spergel) and his BA in Astrophysics from Pomona College in 1991.

Research: Dr. Kepner's research is described in hundreds of peer-reviewed papers covering abstract algebra, astrophysics, big data, computer architecture, cloud computing, cyber security, data mining, databases, graph algorithms, health sciences, image processing, machine learning, matrix theory, neural networks, parallel programming, plasma physics, signal processing, software standards, supercomputing, and visualization. These publications have received numerous best paper awards and Dr. Kepner received an R&D 100 Award for his research on parallel embedded computing. As a result of his research, the LLSC team holds many records in database performance. In 2013, Dr. Kepner received the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence Award, Lincoln's highest honor "for his leadership and vision in bringing supercomputing to Lincoln Laboratory, his pivotal role in open systems for embedded computing, his creativity in developing a novel database management language and schema, and his contributions to the field of graph analytics."

Impact: Dr. Kepner co-invented the Massachusetts Green Higher Performance Supercomputing Center (MGHPCC), the largest and "greenest" open research data center in the world that has enabled a dramatic increase in MIT's computing capabilities while reducing its CO2 footprint. The LLSC's pioneering interactive supercomputing capability and unique MIT SuperCloud system accelerates the award-winning innovations of thousands of MIT researchers. Under Dr. Kepner's leadership, the LLSC team has been recognized for its outstanding contributions to numerous R&D 100 Award-winning technologies that have improved airline safety, prevented the spread of new diseases, and aided numerous hurricane and earthquake victims. Dr. Kepner is the founding sponsor of the Wilkinson Prize-winning Julia programming language used by millions of programmers world-wide. He authored the GraphBLAS standard mathematical specification and was the founding sponsor of the development of its Sigma Xi Award-winning SuiteSparse implementation. Dr. Kepner is a founding Co-Chair of the HPC Challenge benchmark suite used in acceptance testing of most of the world's largest supercomputers, and leads the Graph Challenge benchmark used in current Exascale procurements.

Education & Outreach: Dr. Kepner is committed to expanding the understanding and application of supercomputing, big data, and machine learning. His commitment to undergraduate research is exemplified in over 30 papers he has co-authored with undergraduates at MIT and other Universities. His writing includes three best-selling books on Parallel Matlab (SIAM Press, 2009), Graph Algorithms (SIAM Press, 2011), and the Mathematics of Big Data (MIT Press, 2018) -- the only MIT Press book ever co-authored by an undergraduate. He leads annual week-long courses in special topics for National decision makers in the areas of advanced databases, privacy preserving technologies, machine learning, and modern algorithms. Dr. Kepner's Signal Processing on Databases MIT OpenCourseWare class has been viewed over 100,000 times. He is the founder and Chair of the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing (HPEC) conference that has grown to the largest computing conference in New England.

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The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC) team founded and led by Dr. Kepner has developed revolutionary Interactive Supercomputing capabilities that are essential to many award winning innovations:

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