November 18, 2021 — Bing Xie, a high-performance computer systems engineer for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, has been awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society’s Early Career Researchers Award for excellence in high-performance computing, or HPC.
The award recognizes outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting HPC contributions. Xie received her Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University in 2017 and began her career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that year as a postdoctoral fellow at the OLCF.
She works in the Technology Integration Group of the National Center for Computational Sciences, led by Sarp Oral. The group is part of the Advanced Technologies Section, led by Arjun Shankar. Her work includes research and techniques to accelerate network communication through deep learning frameworks, design and development of HPC storage systems, and resource management and planning in HPC and cloud computing.
Xie’s performance includes improvements to Hierarchical Data Format 5, a popular input/output middleware library that has contributed to a 10-fold performance improvement for applications running on Summit, the nation’s fastest supercomputer. Other achievements include her recent contribution to Horovod, a popular collective communication library for deep learning frameworks. The new methods developed by Xie and her collaborators enabled near-linear scaling for production runs across all Summit nodes. The work has been published at a summit and included in Horovod for production use.
“These projects were the challenge I always wanted to pursue,” she said. “My colleagues and mentors at the OLCF have helped me to stand up and come out to gain a deeper understanding of the issues while continuing to think about the bigger picture. It is a daily practice. I love the new discoveries and love working with so many talented and supportive people here at Oak Ridge.”
In addition to her work at the OLCF, Xie regularly serves as a conference panelist, magazine critic and workshop participant. She also tries to mentor female graduate students starting their careers.
“My family has always supported me, but not every girl is that lucky,” she said. “My motivation is to give girls and young women that encouragement so that they can see themselves as successful and envision a rewarding scientific career. I want to tell them: don’t sell yourself short and don’t look for shortcuts. Be open, be active, talk to everyone you can, ask any question you can. Don’t be afraid to expand your research domain. Limiting yourself to one area limits your opportunities.”
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Source: Matt Lakin, ORNL