Professor Ken Kennedy
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Ken's Right Hand is
Ken Kennedy passed away on February 7, 2007.
He will be greatly missed.
More details can be found here
A memorial service for Dr. Kennedy will take place at First Presbyterian
Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, on Thursday, February 15 at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest gifts be made to Rice University,
Ken Kennedy Memorial Fund.
Checks may be mailed to Rice University MS-81, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX,
To contribute online, visit giving.rice.edu, click "Make a Gift
Online", choose "Designation-Other, and type "Ken Kennedy Memorial Fund"
in the Special Instruction box.
Research - Leadership - Presentations - Teaching
is the John and Ann Doerr University Professor of Computational Engineering in
the Computer Science Department at Rice University, where he directs the Center for High Performance Software Research (HiPerSoft). From 1997 to 1999, he served as Co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) .
Ken Kennedy (center right) with Al Gore and the PITAC at the White House. Photography by Phil Humnicky, the White House
Kennedy's research interests include parallel computing in science and
engineering, scientific programming environments, and optimization of
compiled code. His current work falls into four main project areas:
the Telescoping Languages Project; the Grid Application Development Programming Tools effort; research on Compilers and Tools for Scalable Scientific Computing; and the
Massively Scalar Compiler Project.
The Center for High Performance Software Research (HiPerSoft) is a research development center that specializes in leading and managing cross-institutional, multidisciplinary research consortia, primarily in software for high performance computing. From 1989 to 2000, Kennedy directed (with management support from HiPerSoft) the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), one of the first National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers. He currently directs or co-directs four ongoing multi-institutional consortia: the Los Alamos Computer Science Institute (LACSI); the NSF-sponsored Virtrual Grid Application Development System (VGrADS) project; the Gulf Coast Center for Computational Cancer Research (GC4R); and the Houston BioGrid consortium.
Kennedy's major public presentations in recent months (PDF):
- Parallel Matlab Based on Telescoping Languages and Data Parallel Compilation. The Mathworks, October 7, 2005 and Parallel Matlab Workshop, Ohio Supercomputing Booth, SC|05, November 16, 2005.
- The Grid: Will It Live Up to the Hype? Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Third Annual Information Technology Forum, Houston, October 28, 2005.
- Generation of High-Performance Domain-Specific Languages from Component Libraries, Distinguished Lecture Series,
Department of Computer Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 19, 2005
and Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 20, 2005.
Kennedy regularly teaches two courses in the Computer Science Department:
Kennedy also originated Computer Science 314 (Applied Algorithms and Data Structures) and taught it for several years.
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