Bill Gropp

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William D. "Bill" Gropp
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William D. "Bill" Gropp
Institutions University of Illinois
Notable awards Sidney Fernbach Award

William Douglas "Bill" Gropp is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where, since 2016, he is acting director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).[1] In addition, since 2013, he has held the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the department of Computer Science. He is also the founding Director of the Parallel Computing Institute.[2] Gropp helped to create the Message Passing Interface, also known as MPI, and the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation, also known as PETSc.

Gropp was awarded the Sidney Fernbach Award in 2008, "for outstanding contributions to the development of domain decomposition algorithms, scalable tools for the parallel numerical solution of PDEs, and the dominant HPC communications interface".[3] In 2016, he was awarded the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award "For highly influential contributions to the programmability of high-performance parallel and distributed computers, and extraordinary service to the profession."[4]

In 2009, Gropp received an R&D 100 Award for PETSc.[5] In February 2010, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, “For contributions to numerical software in the area of linear algebra and high-performance parallel and distributed computation.” [6] In March 2010, he was honored with the IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing.[7] He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and SIAM, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.


  1. ^ "The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ Parallel Computing Institute
  3. ^ List of Sidney Fernbach Award winners
  4. ^ "Ken Kennedy Award • IEEE Computer Society". Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  5. ^ CS UIUC News Archived July 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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  7. ^ IEDD TCSC

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