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Living the Vision: A Profile of Kathy Yelick

May 8, 2008

The February / March 2008 issue of the European magazine Scientific Computing World features a profile of NERSC Division Director Kathy Yelick titled "Living the Vision."

"For some computer scientists the idea of running a high-performance computer centre is worse than going over to the dark side," the article begins. "... So when Professor Kathy Yelick, a highly respected computer scientist from UC Berkeley, agreed to take over as director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, heads turned.... To move from the academic study of a field into actually building and running a service based on that research has got to be seen as a gutsy move. The phrase ‘living the vision’ springs to mind."

The complete article can be read here.

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