Larry Smarr

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Professor Larry Smarr
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Larry Smarr viewing an ImmersaDesk
Born Larry Lee Smarr
Institutions Princeton University
Yale University
Harvard University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of California, San Diego.
Alma mater University of Missouri
University of Texas at Austin
Thesis The Structure of General Relativity with a Numerical Illustration: The Collision of Two Black Holes (1975)
Known for Quantified Self[1][2]
Metacomputing[3]
Notable awards Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Delmer S. Fahrney Medal (1990)
Website
lsmarr.calit2.net

Professor Larry Lee Smarr is a physicist and leader in scientific computing, supercomputer applications, and Internet infrastructure at the University of California, San Diego.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Education[edit]

Smarr received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

Research[edit]

After graduating, Smarr did research at Princeton, Yale, and Harvard,[15][16] and then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979. He is a Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies at the University of California, San Diego.

While at Illinois Smarr wrote an ambitious proposal to address the future needs of scientific research. Seven other University of Illinois professors joined as co-Principal Investigators, and many others provided descriptions of what could be accomplished if the proposal were accepted. Formally titled A Center for Scientific and Engineering Supercomputing but known as the Black Proposal (after the color of its cover), it was submitted to the National Science Foundation in 1983.[17] A scant 10 pages long, it was the first unsolicited proposal accepted and approved by the NSF, and resulted in the charter of four supercomputer centers (Cornell, Illinois, Princeton, and San Diego), with a fifth (Pittsburgh) added later. In 1985 Smarr became the first director of the Illinois center, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Smarr continued to promote the benefits of technological innovation to scientific research, such as his advocacy of a high-speed network linking the national centers, which became the NSFnet, one of the significant predecessors of today's Internet. When the NSF revised its funding of supercomputer centers in 1997, Smarr became director of the National Computational Science Alliance, linking dozens of universities and research labs with NCSA to prototype the concept of grid computing.

In 2000, Smarr moved to California and proposed the creation of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), linking departments and researchers at UCSD and UC Irvine. Smarr serves as Institute Director of Calit2.

As part of the work of Calit2, he is Principal Investigator on the NSF OptIPuter[18] LambdaGrid project, an "optical backplane for planetary scale distributed computing" and the CAMERA Project,[19] a high-performance computing resource for genomic research.[20][21]

He attended the Beyond Belief symposium on November 2006[citation needed] and presented at the 2010 and 2012 Life Extension Conferences.[22]

As of 2012, Larry Smarr is engaged in a computer-aided study of his own body.[1][2][23][24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Smarr has received numerous honors and awards, including:

In 2005, Smarr was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in Telluride, Colorado.

  • Recognized as a member of the San Diego Science Festival's[25] Nifty Fifty, a collection of the most influential scientists in the San Diego area.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Measured Man
  2. ^ a b "BBC Two - Horizon, 2013-2014, Monitor Me". 
  3. ^ Smarr, Larry; Catlett, Charles E. (1992). "Metacomputing". Communications of the ACM 35 (6): 44. doi:10.1145/129888.129890.  edit
  4. ^ "Grids in Context" in Carl Kesselman; Foster, Ian (2003). The Grid 2: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure. San Diego: Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 1-55860-933-4. 
  5. ^ Members of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Information Technology Research: Investing in Our Future, a Report to the President of the United States, 1999.
  6. ^ "Extraterrestrial Computing: Exploring the Universe with a Supercomputer". Chapter 8 of Very large Scale Computation in the 21st Century, Jill P. Mesirov, ed., Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), 1991.
  7. ^ Larry Smarr. "How Supercomputers are Transforming Science," Encyclopædia Britannica Yearbook, 1991.
  8. ^ Smarr, Larry L.; Kaufmann, William J. (1993). Supercomputing and the transformation of science. New York: Scientific American Library. ISBN 0-7167-5038-4. 
  9. ^ Larry Smarr from the ACM Portal
  10. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  11. ^ Internet Pioneers: Dr. Larry Smarr - How the Internet Happened
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  13. ^ Larry Smarr's publications in Google Scholar
  14. ^ Larry Smarr from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  15. ^ Smarr, L. (1978). "Kinematical conditions in the construction of spacetime". Physical Review D 17 (10): 2529. Bibcode:1978PhRvD..17.2529S. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.17.2529.  edit
  16. ^ Eardley, D.; Smarr, L. (1979). "Time functions in numerical relativity: Marginally bound dust collapse". Physical Review D 19 (8): 2239. Bibcode:1979PhRvD..19.2239E. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.19.2239.  edit
  17. ^ Smarr, Larry; et al. (1983), A Center for Scientific and Engineering Supercomputing 
  18. ^ Smarr, L. L.; Chien, A. A.; Defanti, T.; Leigh, J.; Papadopoulos, P. M. (2003). "The OptIPuter". Communications of the ACM 46 (11): 58. doi:10.1145/948383.948410.  edit
  19. ^ Seshadri, R.; Kravitz, S. A.; Smarr, L.; Gilna, P.; Frazier, M. (2007). "CAMERA: A Community Resource for Metagenomics". PLoS Biology 5 (3): e75. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050075. PMC 1821059. PMID 17355175.  edit
  20. ^ Optiputer: People
  21. ^ CAMERA: People
  22. ^ "Personalized Life Extension Conference 2010 - Program". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  23. ^ Smarr, L. (2012). "Quantifying your body: A how-to guide from a systems biology perspective". Biotechnology Journal 7 (8): 980–991. doi:10.1002/biot.201100495. PMID 22887886.  edit
  24. ^ "BBC News - Why Professor Larry Smarr freezes his own faeces". 
  25. ^ http://www.sdsciencefestival.org
  26. ^ "San Diego Science Festival Nifty Fifty". San Diego Science Festival. Retrieved 2009-02-18. [dead link]