A Berkeley Bash

David Patterson

Hoping to start a new tradition, I’m giving a Last Lecture on Friday May 6, 2016 at 4PM, which is shortly before I retire. (The premise of these is that if this were the last public lecture you would give, what would you say.) My title is “How to Be a Bad Professor” (abstract), and it is followed by a reception.

There will also be a one-day symposium on Saturday May 7 (agenda) with talks by colleagues and former students on the future of topics associated with my 40 years at UC Berkeley, such as the microprocessors, storage, cloud computing, data science, and machine learning.

Please sign up to the event of interest, and feel free to invite other interested parties. Both events will be held at the International House at UC Berkeley.

P.S. Those who sign up for the symposium before April 7 will get a commemorative book with perspectives by Stanford President John Hennessy, National Medal of Science Winner Richard Tapia, former UCSC Chancellor Karl Pister, and other luminaries.

ASPIRE Professor Wins SIAG/Supercomputing Best Paper Prize


Congratulations to  Professors James Demmel, Laura Grigori, Mark Hoemmen, and Julien Langou on being selected to receive the 2016 SIAG/Supercomputing Best Paper Prize for their paper, “Communication-Optimal Parallel and Sequential QR and LU Factorizations,” published in SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 2012.

The SIAG/Supercomputing Best Paper Prize will be awarded for the first time at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (SC16), to be held April 12-15, 2016, at UniversitéPierre et Marie Curie, Cordeliers Campus, Paris, France.

The SIAG/SC Best Paper Prize, established in 2015, is awarded to the authors of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, in the field of parallel scientific and engineering computing. Candidate papers must be nominated by at least two individuals and must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the four calendar years prior to the year of the award and making significant contributions in parallel scientific and engineering computing.

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