Dennis B. Gannon


President's Medal for Excellence (2011)
Dedication Ceremony of the Cyberinfrastructure Building
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Dr. Dennis Gannon is Director of Engagements for the eXtreme Computing Group in Microsoft Research. Prior to coming to Microsoft, Dr. Gannon was a professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and the Science Director for the Indiana Pervasive Technology Labs. Dr. Gannon's research interests include cloud computing, large-scale cyberinfrastructure, programming systems and tools, distributed computing, computer networks, parallel programming, computational science, problem solving environments. He led the DARPA HPC++ project and he was one of the architects of the Department of Energy SciDAC Common Software Component Architecture (CCA) project.

He was a partner in the NSF Computational Cosmology Grand Challenge project and the NCSA Alliance and he was heavily involved in the NSF TeraGrid and the Global Grid Forum (now the Open Grid Forum). He was also a co-pi on the NSF LEAD project which built cyberinfrastructure for dynamic, adaptive weather prediction for severe storms like tornadoes and hurricanes. Gannon has published over 100 refereed articles and he has co-edited 3 books.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.