Buddy S Bland
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.