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ECP Director Doug Kothe Appointed Associate Director of ORNL Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has selected Doug Kothe to be the next Associate Laboratory Director for its Computing and Computational Science Branch (CCSD), HPCwire has learned. Kothe will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Jeff Nichols, whose last day is July 1. Kothe will take office on June 6.

As Director of the United States Exascale Computing Project (ECP) for the past five years, Kothe coordinated efforts to provide exascale computing capability to DOE laboratories, and as Associate Laboratory Director for the CCSD in Oak Ridge, it will define the vision for one of the most powerful advanced open computing ecosystems in the world.

Doug Kothe

“ALD [Associate Laboratory Director] serves as an executive member in supporting the laboratory director in fulfilling ORNL’s mission,” reads an ORNL job posting in March.

The ALD is responsible for “leading[ing] science and technology programs in Mathematics, Computer Science and Informatics research with responsibilities in three integrated roles to: 1) establish a compelling future vision complemented by a strategic execution plan, 2) strengthen stakeholder engagement and managing relationships with major sponsors, and 3) stimulating the professional growth and development of staff while creating organizational momentum that enhances our facilities and capabilities. »

Kothe will continue to serve as Director of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, a position he has held since September 2017. A partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration, the ECP is responsible to ensure an exascale-ready software ecosystem for the DOE laboratory complex.

Kothe enters the ORNL leadership position at a pivotal time. With the impending deployment of the Frontier supercomputer, ORNL is set to house the United States’ first exascale computer. The HPE-AMD system is expected to deliver 2 exaflops of peak computing performance for large-scale science and engineering problems.

Kothe’s biography, partially taken from ECP’s website:

Kothe has thirty-five years of experience conducting and directing applied R&D in computer science applications designed to simulate complex physical phenomena in the energy, defense and manufacturing industries. Prior to his position at ECP, Kothe was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of the Computing and Computational Sciences Branch at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His positions at ORNL also include: Director of Science at the National Center for Computational Sciences (2006-2010) and Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), the DOE’s premier energy innovation center (2010-2015). ).

Prior to joining ORNL, Kothe spent 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held several technical, line and program management positions. He also spent a year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the late 1980s as a defense science physicist.

Kothe holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1983) and a Master of Science (1986) and Doctor of Philosophy (1987) in Nuclear Engineering from the University Purdue.

Biography of Doug Kothe: https://www.exascaleproject.org/team/doug-kothe/

Biography of Jeff Nichol: https://www.ornl.gov/staff-profile/jeff-nichols