Ken Kennedy
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Professor Ken Kennedy
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892


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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, 77251-1892. To contribute online, visit, click "Make a Gift Online", choose "Designation-Other, and type "Ken Kennedy Memorial Fund" in the Special Instruction box.

Research  -  Leadership  -  Presentations  -  Teaching

Ken Kennedy 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) .  
Kennedy at White House 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.

Recent Presentations

Kennedy's major public presentations in recent months (PDF):


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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