IEEE Computer Society


Sponsored by the IEEE Mass Storage Systems
Technical Committee
IEEE Computer Society

April 16 — 20, 2012
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

MSST 2012 Speaker

Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt, Fraunhofer ITWM

Arnon Amir
A parallel file system — made in Germany

The Fraunhofer Parallel File System is a recent European entry into the HPC file system ecosystem that has several important European users. Its distributed metadata architecture has been designed to provide the scalability and flexibility that is required to run today's most demanding HPC applications. Dr. Pfruendt will explain its role in European and world wide HPC community.

Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, receiving a Diploma in Mathematics and a Ph.D in Mathematical Physics (1986). From 1986 to 1995, he was Head of the Research Group for Industrial Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern. In 1995, he became Department Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics - ITWM. His research topics are: Fluid dynamics, porous media, image analysis and parallel computing. At the ITWM, he founded the departments: "Flow in complex structures" and "Models and algorithms in image analysis".

Since 1999, he has been Divison Director at Fraunhofer ITWM and Head of the "Competence Center for HPC and Visualization". In 2001, the prestigious Fraunhofer Research Prize was awarded to Franz-Josef Pfreundt, Konrad Steiner, and their research group, for their work on microstructure simulation. He is PI for a variety of parallel computing research projects, including the development of new parallel programming frameworks. He founded the Fraunhofer Resource Grid in 2001. The developments in the area of visualisation and implementations on IBM Cell Processor gained the Fraunhofer Award in 2005 and the IBM faculty award in 2006. Its main focus since 2005 has been to develop a new parallel file system (FhgFS) and to promote the new Fraunhofer Global Adress Space Programming Interface (GPI).

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