Henri Calandra, Total, France
Henri Calandra obtained his M.Sc. in mathematics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987 from the Universite des Pays de l’Adour in Pau, France. He joined Cray Research France in 1987 and worked on seismic applications. In 1989 he joined the applied mathematics department of the French Atomic Agency. In 1990 he started working for Total SA. After 12 years of work in high performance computing and as project leader for Pre-stack Depth Migration Research, he became head of Total USA’s Geophysics Research Group for 3 years in 2002 and coordinated Depth Imaging Research for the worldwide group until mid 2007 He is now technical advisor in depth imaging and high performance computing.
Keith Gray, BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire’s People to Watch 2006.
Society of HPC Professionals
Bill Menger is the Houston HPC Manager at Weinman Geoscience, a subsidiary of Global Geophysical. Bill started his career as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy prior to joining Conoco in 1982 to work on magnetotellurics and electrical methods. Bill has also worked on multicomponent seismic, data management, and seismic processing systems for Conoco and ConocoPhillips. He left Conoco for three years to join AGS, working on Kirchhoff and demultiple techniques. He returned to Conoco to help implement Kirchhoff migration on their first 4-node cluster in 1999. Bill managed software and High Performance Computing for ConocoPhillips until 2009. In addition to his current job, Bill maintains the CPSeis open-source seismic processing system and is on the board of the Society of HPC Professionals.
Scott Morton, Hess Corporation
Scott Morton has 25 years of experience in computational and theoretical physics distributed between academia, the computer industry and the petroleum industry. Although originally trained as an astrophysicist, he switched to geophysics when he joined Shell in 1991 to do research and development in seismic imaging. Scott spent the next 7 years distributed between Shell, Thinking Machines, Cray Research and SGI, gaining expertise in both geophysics and computational science as well as earning an R&D 100 award.
In 1998 Scott settled down at Hess Corporation and helped build one of the first Linux PC clusters used for seismic imaging. He has recently spearheaded the petroleum industry’s effort at doing seismic imaging on GPU (graphics processing unit) clusters. Scott currently manages the Geophysical Technology Development group in Hess Corporation’s Global E&P Technology department and is responsible for monitoring, adopting, developing and testing new geophysical and computational technologies.
Jan E. Odegard, Rice University
Jan E. Odegard joined the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Technology Institute) at Rice University as Executive Director in 2002. In this role he led the development and deployment of large scale competing resources in support of research. Today, the computational resources deployed at Rice supports the research of over 100 faculty members and close to 500 users. The majority of users are engaged in research in science and engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice (1996) in the area of digital signal processing and served as executive director for the Computational Mathematics Laboratory (1996-1997), and Center for Multimedia Communication at Rice (1998-1999). In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Stavanger in Norway as Associate Professor and served as department chair (2000-2001).
Chap Wong, Chevron
Chap Wong is a Chevron Fellow, he is recognized as Chevron’s thought leader in high-performance computing. He is currently a member of the Strategy, Architecture and Emerging Technology Team in Chevron Energy Technology Company’s Technical Computing Department. Chap is engaged in market evaluation, proof of concept and deployment of the emerging technologies required to maximize the performance of Chevron’s HPC environment. He has over thirty years experience with Chevron in upstream technical computing. Chap has involved in architecting the large Chevron upstream cluster since 2001. Chap graduated from National Taiwan U. with a degree in E.E. and a master degree in Computing Science from TAMU.