Project Director, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility
Mr. Bland is the Project Director of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is responsible for delivering major compute, storage, and data analysis systems to support the needs of an international user community. The OLCF has delivered 11 major systems and upgrades to the leadership computer systems since 2004 on three major system architectures: vector, MPP, and accelerated computing. In 2009, Jaguar was the first unclassified computer system in the United States to achieve the #1 Top500 ranking, enabling unprecedented capability for the US science community. In 2012, the Titan system also achieved the #1 ranking. Mr. Bland has spent 30 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, all working in high-performance computing. He started as a system administrator on the laboratory’s Cray X-MP system. When the Center for Computational Science was formed in 1992, Mr. Bland moved to the new group as the head of the computer systems group, later becoming the director of operations. Mr. Bland is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and the ACM SIGHPC. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and spent 4 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force managing their first supercomputer.
ORNL Significant Event Award for Summit supercomputer acquisition, 2015 HPCwire magazine “Person to watch”, 2015ORNL Award – Director’s Award for R&D Leadership at the Director Level, For exemplary leadership in the start-up of supercomputing centers, providing world-class resources to scientific communities, 2007ORNL Significant Event Award – Jaguar computer acceptance - 2005ORNL Award – Outstanding Team Accomplishment, Winning proposal for the Leadership Computing Facility, 2004ORNL Award – Legacy Impact Contribution, Winning proposal for the Leadership Computing Facility, 2004ORNL Significant Event Award – Winning proposal for the Leadership Computing Facility – 2004ORNL Significant Event Award – Contributions to design of the Computational Science Building - 2003ORNL Award – Team Operations Support, 2002ORNL President’s Award – Acquisition of first 1 TeraFLOPS computer system – 1999R&D 100 Award – ATM OC12 Protocol Engine, 1996ORNL President’s Award - 1994University of Southern Mississippi – Robert F Cold Award for outstanding undergraduate student in Computer Science, 1979