Announcing Graduate Research and Education Consortium Forum Lectures

NSTDA building Room 102
September 11th, 1997


"Cluster Computing"


"High Performance Computing at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory"


Dr.Thomas Sterling

Center for Advanced Computing Research
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California


Dr. Thomas Sterling received his BS in Electrical Engineering, Summa cum Laude, from Old Dominion University in 1974, his Masters in Electrical Engineering (SMEE) from MIT in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1984. From 1983 to 1988 he conducted research at Harris Corp. Advanced Technology Department in parallel systems and computing. Included were construction of the 64 processor Concert Multiprocessor which included hardware instrumentation and the YARC static data flow computer for signal processing applications. In 1988, Dr. Sterling joined the research staff of the IDA Supercomputing Research Center where he conducted simulation studies of variable granularity multithreading architectures as well as the application of symbolic computing to cryptoanalysis. He joined the USRA Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Systems in 1992 where he engaged in research projects related to high performance computing for Earth and space science. During this time he started the Beowulf "Pile of PCs" project to achieve low cost high performance single user systems. He also engaged in activities associated with Petaflops computing and conducted extensive evaluation studies of multiprocessor architectures. Dr. Sterling accepted a joint appointment at the California Institute of Technology and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1996 where he currently leads the Beowulf project, the HTMT architecture project, the Continuum Computer architecture project, and is engaged in advanced spaceborne computer architecture research. Dr. Sterling has published several dozen papers on computer system architecture, is the author of two books, and holds six patents.

His work on Cluster Computing can be found at

Organized by

National Science and Technology Development Agency.
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center.
High Performance Computing Center.
Department of Computer Engineering, Kasetsart University.

Special Thanks to the Ministry of University Affairs for Sponsoring Dr.Thomas Sterling visit.

The lecture is open to all and it's free. Due to limited parking, please avoid bringing your own vehicle, for your convenience. Reservation should be made with

Dr.Piyawut Srichaikul
High Performance Computing Lab, NECTEC
Ph: 642-7076 ext. 3003
Fax: 642-7147
The GREC Program
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
73/1 Rama VI Road, Rajdhevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: (662) 644 8150-99 (ext. 407) Email:
Fax: (662) 644 8027-9