Aug 17 – 28, 2015
KTH Lecture Hall E3
Europe/Stockholm timezone


Erik Hagersten Uppsala University, teaches courses in computer architecture. His research focus is "Increase data processing speed through adopting architectures and [coherent] data replication." He works in both academia and industry in Sweden and the US, and has initiated a collaborative research program between Uppsala University and Sun's Engineering in the U.S. 

Michael Hanke has been a university lecturer and docent at KTH since 1998. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Humboldt University of Berlin and has lectured in a variety of universities throughout the world, including the Computing Center of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Russia), Johannes Kepler University (Austria), University of Zaragoza (Spain), and University of Pittsburgh (USA). He has also worked in industry as a Scientific Consultant for Comsol AB and UTRC in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Michael's scientific Interests include the development of computational methods in systems biology and neuroscience.

Christoph Kessler is a professor for Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden, where he leads the Programming Environment Laboratory's research group on compiler technology and parallel computing. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1994 from the University of Saarbrücken, Germany, and a Habilitation degree in 2001 from the University of Trier, Germany. In 2001 he joined Linköping university, Sweden, as associate professor at the computer science department (IDA). In 2007 he was appointed full professor at Linköping university. His research interests include parallel programming, compiler technology, code generation, program optimization, and software composition. For publications and further information see his web page at

Erwin Laure is the director of PDC-HPC and head of the department for High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz) at KTH. His research interests include programming environments, languages, compilers and runtime systems for parallel and distributed computing. 

Pekka Manninen is a senior application specialist at CSC, the national supercomputing center in Finland. He left the academic world to work for CSC for the first time in 2007, did a two-year stint at the supercomputer vendor Cray Inc in between, and rejoined CSC earlier this year. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2004 and holds a position of an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki.

Stefano Markidis is Assistant Professor at the HPCViz dpeartment at KTH. He received a MS degree from Politecnico di Torino and a PhD degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining PDC-HPC, he worked as researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as capita selecta professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. He received an R&D100 award as part of the developer team of the CartaBlanca code. At PDC-HPC he is part of the CRESTA EC-FP7 project to investigate the suitability of new programming models to the next generation supercomputers. His research interests include the investigation of novel programming models for HPC, and innovative algorithms for parallel computing. 

Michael Schliephake started working at PDC in January 2010. As a system administrator, he is concentrating on the operation of PDC's HPC computer systems. After spending several years as a software developer creating engineering software, he began working in the area of HPC at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. There, Michael gained experience in the installation and operation of cluster systems as well as in several projects which were associated with the design and implementation of supercomputing and grid infrastructures. These projects were the German D- Grid Initiative and the European projects DEISA and PRACE. Furthermore, he brings with him his past experience educating students in HPC. Michael obtained his qualified engineer degree at the Technical University Leipzig.