Supercomputing Center Appoints Director of User Services

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Arctic Region Supercomputing Center Director Frank Williams has named Barbara Horner-Miller as User Services Director. Horner-Miller joined ARSC on Sept. 8.

In making the announcement, Williams said Horner-Miller's extensive experience in the high performance computing field will have a positive effect on scientists who use ARSC resources. "I know she'll make many valuable contributions to help ARSC be an even better resource for high performance computing," Williams said. "Barbara is a nationally-recognized talent. Her presence will benefit UAF faculty and students because she'll help ARSC advance research which has statewide relevance."

Horner-Miller's previous position was with Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where she was Technical Group Supervisor for Supercomputing and Computational Mathematics in the Information and Computing Technologies section. Her group provided support for a supercomputing user community of 600 researchers at JPL, Caltech and NASA, where she worked with program managers in the NASA offices of Space Science and Mission to Planet Earth. She has 29 years experience with state-of-the-art computational technologies at world-class research organizations.

"I'm excited about coming to ARSC because it's one of the smaller and more rapidly evolving supercomputer centers, which gives me the opportunity to have a bigger impact," Horner-Miller said.

As User Services Director, Horner-Miller will be in charge of the interface between the researchers who use supercomputing resources and ARSC. This includes researchers using ARSC computers on projects such as regional weather forecasts with NOAA's Forecast Systems Lab, seismology support for the UAF Geophysical Institute 's Alaska Earthquake Information Center, and hydrology projects with the U.S. Geological Survey. She will oversee staff who make connections available for scientists using ARSC resources such as Denali or Yukon, the CRAY Y-MP and T3E supercomputers, as well as troubleshoot and provide training to help users stay up to date.

The mission of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center is to support high performance computational research in science and engineering with emphasis on high-latitudes and the Arctic. ARSC is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks , located in the Butrovich Building on the Fairbanks main campus.

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