Paul Messina is Advisor to the Associate Laboratory
Director and Lab on Exascale at Argonne National
Laboratory. Since 2015, he has been Project Director for
the U.S. Department of Energy Exascale Computing Project.
From 2008-2015, he served as Director of Science for the
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. Dr. Messina served
as Distinguished Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne and
Advisor to the Director General at CERN (European
Organization for Nuclear Research) from 2002-2004.
From 1987-2002, he was founding Director of
the Center for Advanced Computing Research, Assistant Vice
President for Scientific Computing, and Faculty Associate
for Scientific Computing at the California Institute of
Technology (Caltech). While at Caltech, he held a joint
appointment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as manager of
High-Performance Computing and Communications. Dr. Messina
led the DOE-NNSA Accelerated Strategic Computing
Initiative while on leave from 1999-2000.
Caltech, he served as Principal Investigator for the CASA
gigabit network testbed, Chief Architect for the National
Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure,
principal investigator for the Scalable I/O Initiative,
and co-principal investigator for the National Virtual
Observatory and TeraGrid. In 1990, he conceived, formed,
and led the Concurrent Supercomputing Consortium, which
created and operated the Intel Touchstone Delta, at the
time the world’s most powerful scientific computer.
Dr. Messina earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics
from the University of Cincinnati. From 1973-1987, he held
a number of positions in the Applied Mathematics Division
and was founding Director of the Mathematics and Computer
Science Division at Argonne.
In 2014, Dr.
Messina was named Argonne Distinguished Fellow, the
laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. He
was awarded the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion from
Indiana University in 2013, the U.S. DOE Distinguished
Associate Award in 2001, and an honorary Ph.D. in Computer
Engineering from the University of Lecce in 1997.