Manjunath Gorentla Venkata is a research scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division. His area of expertise is programming models and network (communication) libraries for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. He has researched, designed, and developed a number of novel and high-performing communication middleware for HPC systems, including Cray (XT, XK7, XE) and InfiniBand systems. Dr. Gorentla Venkata has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles in this area, and contributed to various international standards. He is the recipient of 2015 R&D 100 award for his contributions to the CORE-Direct technology. He is a senior member of IEEE. His additional roles include leading the Programming Languages and Models team at ORNL, and serving as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Auburn University’s Computer Science and Software Engineering department.