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Pete Beckman

Pete Beckman – Co-Director, Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering-Mathematics-Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory, USA. Lead, Projects Argo (An exascale operating system),  Array of Things (smart city – 500 sensors installed in Chicago) & Waggle (open platform for intelligent sensors)



Multicore World 2017 – Pete Beckman (and Satoshi Matsuoka – Riken, Japan)


The Reinvention of Edge-to-Cloud Computing

Pete Beckman, Co-Director, Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. Chicago, USA

Lead, Argo project for extreme-scale operating systems and run-time software. Founder and leader of the Waggle project for smart sensors and edge computing.



Speed and scale define supercomputing. By some metrics, our supercomputers are the fastest, most capable systems on the planet. However over the last twenty years, the HPC community has lost sight of the edge — where the data is collected and initially processed. Instead of leading the race for new architectures, methods, and edge-to-cloud software stacks, we have focused on the performance of a handful of hero computations in the machine room. An improved architecture would focus on edge-to-cloud infrastructures, computing models, and networking. From a sensor in a farmer’s field to the supercomputer, we must reinvent end-to-end data movement and computation. A new kind of edge-to-cloud infrastructure is needed.

Thursday 14 February 2019 – 8:30 am – 9:10 am – Schedule


Multicore World 2017 – Pete Beckman (and Dave Jaggar, ex- Arm)




Pete Beckman is the co-director of the Northwestern University/Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering and is a recognized global expert in high-end computing systems. During the past 25 years, his research has been focused on software and architectures for large-scale parallel and distributed computing systems.

For the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project, Beckman leads the Argonne team focused on extreme-scale operating systems and run-time software. He is the founder and leader of the Waggle project for smart sensors and edge computing that is used by the Array of Things project.

Beckman also coordinates the collaborative technical research activities in extreme-scale computing between the US Department of Energy and Japan’s ministry of education, science, and technology and helps lead the BDEC (Big Data and Extreme Computing) series of international workshops.

Beckman leads the extreme computing research activities at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his PhD in computer science from Indiana University.

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