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Katherine Yelick

computer scientist: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

Media contact: Jon Bashor,, 510-486-5849

Dan Krotz,, 510-486-4019


Kathy Yelick is the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Computing Sciences and former Director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center. NERSC is the principal supplier of production high-performance computing services and expertise to the nationwide energy research community within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Yelick has been a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1991 and is an internationally recognized expert in developing methods to advance the use of parallel computers.

She can be contacted to speak about general trends in computing, supercomputing, scientific computing, and parallel programming languages.

Recent Publications

  • She is the co-author of two books and more than 100 refereed technical papers on parallel languages, compilers, algorithms, libraries, architecture, and storage.
  • The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?”, Samuel H. Fuller and Lynette I. Millett, Editors; Committee on Sustaining Growth in Computing Performance; National Research Council, ISBN: 0-309-15952-0, (2010).  PDF is available from the National Academies Press at: 
  • ExaScale Computing Study: Technology Challenges in Achieving Exascale Systems, ”  Peter Kogge (Editor & Study Lead), K. Bergman, S. Borkar, D. Campbell, W. Carlson, W. Dally, M. Denneau, P. Franzon, W. Harrod, K. Hill, J. Hiller, S. Karp, S. Keckler, D. Klein, R. Lucas, M. Richards, A. Scarpelli, S. Scott, A. Snavely, T. Sterling, S. Williams, K.Yelick, September 28, 2008.  Published by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Available from
  • Krste Asanovic, Rastislav Bodik, James Demmel, Tony Keaveny, Kurt Keutzer,   John Kubiatowicz, Nelson Morgan, David Patterson, Koushik Sen, John Wawrzynek, David Wessel, and Katherine Yelick, “A View of the Parallel Computing Landscape, ” Communications of the ACM, November 2009.
  • “Assessment of High-End Computing Research and Development in Japan, ” Al Trivelpiece, Rupak Biswas, Jack Dongarra, Peter Paul, Katherine Yelick, World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc., 2004. Available from


Awards and Memberships

  • Best Paper Award, International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2008
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Parallel Processing, 2004
  • Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching, U.C. Berkeley, 2001
  • ARO Young Investigator Award, 1996

In the News

HPCWire: Programming Hopper

KQED QUEST: Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

The Economist: Parallel Bars

GCN: Why high-performance clouds are best kept in-house

Scientific Computing: Sensing the Future of Greener Data Centers

Scientific Computing: Dirac Testbed Reveals How Applications are Written



Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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last updated: 2013-03-21 15:56:48