Jack Dongarra

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Jack Dongarra
Jack Dongarra
Born (1950-07-18) July 18, 1950 (age 70)
CitizenshipAmerican / United States
Alma materChicago State University (BSc)
Illinois Institute of Technology (MSc)
University of New Mexico (PhD)
Known forEISPACK, LINPACK, BLAS, LAPACK, ScaLAPACK,[1][2] Netlib, PVM, MPI,[3] NetSolve,[4] Top500, ATLAS,[5] and PAPI.[6]
AwardsFellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994) (FAAAS)

IEEE Fellow (1999)
ACM Fellow (2001)
Member of the National Academy of Engineering (2001)
IEEE Sid Fernbach Award (2004)
IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing (2008)
SIAM Fellow (2009)
SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement (2010)
IEEE Charles Babbage Award (2011)
ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award (2013)
Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science (2017)
SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (2019)
Foreign Member of the Royal Society (2019)

IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (2020)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
Computational science
Parallel computing[7]
InstitutionsUniversity of Tennessee
University of New Mexico
Argonne National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
University of Manchester
ThesisImproving the Accuracy of Computed Matrix Eigenvalues (1980)
Doctoral advisorCleve Moler[8]

Jack J. Dongarra ForMemRS;[9] (born July 18, 1950) is an American University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department[10] at the University of Tennessee. He holds the position of a Distinguished Research Staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Turing Fellowship in the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester, and is an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Rice University.[11] He served as a faculty fellow at Texas A&M University's institute for advanced study (2014–2018).[12] Dongarra is the founding director of Innovative Computing Laboratory.[7][13][14][15][16]


Dongarra received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Chicago State University in 1972 and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1980 under the supervision of Cleve Moler.[8] He worked at the Argonne National Laboratory until 1989, becoming a senior scientist.

Research and career[edit]

He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, the use of advanced computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. His research includes the development, testing and documentation of high-quality mathematical software. He has contributed to the design and implementation of the following open-source software packages and systems: EISPACK, LINPACK, the Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS), Linear Algebra Package (LAPACK), ScaLAPACK,[1][2] Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), Message Passing Interface (MPI),[3] NetSolve,[4] TOP500, Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra Software (ATLAS),[5] High Performance Conjugate Gradient (HPCG)[17][18] and Performance Application Programming Interface (PAPI).[6] These libraries excel in the accuracy of the underlying numerical algorithms and the reliability and performance of the software.[19] They benefit a very wide range of users through their incorporation into software including MATLAB, Maple, Wolfram Mathematica, GNU Octave, the R programming language, SciPy, and others.[19]

With Eric Grosse, he pioneered the distribution via email and the web of numeric open-source code collected in Netlib. He has published approximately 300 articles, papers, reports and technical memorandum and he is coauthor of several books.

Awards and honors[edit]

Dongarra was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 for his contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Charles Babbage Award; in 2013 he was the recipient of the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high-performance computing; in 2019 he received the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science; and in 2020 he received the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award for leadership in the area of high-performance mathematical software.

He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS),[9] Dongarra was also elected a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2001) for contributions to numerical software, parallel and distributed computation, and problem-solving environments.


  1. ^ a b Choi, J.; Dongarra, J. J.; Pozo, R.; Walker, D. W. (1992). "ScaLAPACK: a scalable linear algebra library for distributed memory concurrent computers". Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on the Frontiers of Massively Parallel Computation. p. 120. doi:10.1109/FMPC.1992.234898. ISBN 978-0-8186-2772-9. S2CID 15496519.
  2. ^ a b "ScaLAPACK — Scalable Linear Algebra PACKage". Netlib.org. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  3. ^ a b Gabriel, E.; Fagg, G. E.; Bosilca, G.; Angskun, T.; Dongarra, J. J.; Squyres, J. M.; Sahay, V.; Kambadur, P.; Barrett, B.; Lumsdaine, A.; Castain, R. H.; Daniel, D. J.; Graham, R. L.; Woodall, T. S. (2004). "Open MPI: Goals, Concept, and Design of a Next Generation MPI Implementation". Recent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 3241. p. 97. CiteSeerX doi:10.1007/978-3-540-30218-6_19. ISBN 978-3-540-23163-9.
  4. ^ a b "NetSolve". Icl.cs.utk.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  5. ^ a b Clint Whaley, R.; Petitet, A.; Dongarra, J. J. (2001). "Automated empirical optimizations of software and the ATLAS project". Parallel Computing. 27 (1–2): 3–35. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S0167-8191(00)00087-9.
  6. ^ a b "PAPI". Icl.cs.utk.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  7. ^ a b Jack Dongarra publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b Jack Dongarra at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ a b "Jack Dongarra - Royal Society". Royalsociety.org. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville". Eecs.utk.edu. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "The History of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing". 9 October 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Dr. Jack Dongarra — Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University". Hias.tamu.edu. Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  13. ^ "Innovative Computing Laboratory – Academic Research in Enabling Technology and High Performance Computing". Icl.cs.utk.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  14. ^ Jack Dongarra at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  15. ^ Jack Dongarra publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  16. ^ Jack Dongarra author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  17. ^ Hemsoth, Nicole (June 26, 2014). "New HPC Benchmark Delivers Promising Results". Hpcwire.com. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  18. ^ Dongarra, Jack; Heroux, Michael (June 2013). "Toward a New Metric for Ranking High Performance Computing Systems" (PDF). Sandia National Laboratory. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
  19. ^ a b "News and events - Jack Dongarra elected as Foreign Member of the Royal Society - The University of Manchester - School of Mathematics". Maths.manchester.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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