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Kamil A. Iskra

Computer Scientist


Kamil Iskra is tackling challenging problems in high-performance computing, including developing techniques for accelerating I/O forwarding and evaluating power monitoring capabilities in IBM Blue Gene systems.

After joining Argonne as a postdoctoral researcher, Iskra became immediately involved in the ZeptoOS project to develop an experimental software stack for petascale architectures. His development of big memory” successfully addresses one of the major bottlenecks in using Linux for high-performance computing. He has also studied operating system interference, one of the most widely publicized problems on massively parallel systems. This work won a best paper award at the 2006 IEEE Conference on Cluster Computing.

Iskra has been Argonne’s lead in designing IOFSL, a scalable, unified I/O forwarding software layer that supports efficient parallel I/O.  Iskra is participating in the Global View Resilience (GVR) project, an effort carried out in collaboration with the University of Chicago and Hewlett-Packard Lab.

Iskra received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2005. He is coauthor of approximately 50 articles, with a total of more than 800 citations. He has been co-chair of the annual International Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for Supercomputers since 2011 and was panel chair of the IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (2011). Additionally, Iskra has been actively involved in the ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC): 2011–2012 (program committee, system software area), 2012 (doctoral showcase committee), and 2013 (poster committee).

Research Interests

  • High-performance computing
  • Operating systems
  • I/O forwarding
  • High-performance systems software