Dr. William Harrod Bio

Dr. William Harrod

Dr. William Harrod is currently the Division Director for the Department of Energy/Office of Science Advanced Scientific Dr. William Harrod

Computing Research program’s Computational Science Research and Partnerships Division. Before joining DOE, Bill was a Program Manager in the Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA he was responsible for a wide range of research activities related to the development and exploitation of advanced computing technologies in support of the DoD and the Military Services. In this role, Bill led two internationally recognized hallmark studies that set the computer performance goals and strategy for achieving extreme scale computing. He also initiated a significant new research effort in Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC).

Previously, Bill, who received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, was a Technology Fellow and then a Principal Engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office and an Engineering Manager of Computational and Applied Mathematics at SGI and the Section leader of the Mathematical Software Group at Cray. While at SGI, he was the developer of the SHMEM (shared memory) architecture which provided the foundation for one-way communication libraries used on today’s high performance computers.