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CSE Professor Sadayappan Named IEEE Fellow

CSE Professor P. Sadayappan has become an IEEE Fellow in the 2015 class. The citation of this honor is “for Contributions to Parallel Programming Tools for High Performance Computing”.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon Professor Sadayappan with his outstanding record of accomplishments in the IEEE Computer Society. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Professor Sadayappan's primary research interests center around performance optimization and compiler/runtime systems for high-performance computing, with special emphasis on high-performance frameworks that enable high productivity for application developers.  One recent research direction with polyhedral compiler optimization has enabled advances in the state-of-the-art for automatic parallelization and data locality optimization. Another research focus has been on domain-specific compiler optimization. For example, the Tensor Contraction Engine project led by him in collaboration with computational chemists developed a domain-specific compiler that has resulted in savings of decades of person-hours of programming effort, through automatic transformation of high-level specifications into over a million lines of synthesized code for high-performance parallel implementations of dozens of models within the NWChem quantum chemistry suite. Very recent research has also resulted in advances in models, tools, and techniques for characterizing lower bounds on the data movement complexity of computations, which increasingly dominates computational complexity as the primary constraint with respect to both performance and energy efficiency.

There are a total of 8 IEEE Fellows in the CSE department.