Torsten Hoefler, currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA, has been appointed as Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Computational Science at ETH Zurich.
Torsten Hoefler is internationally regarded as one of the leading young scientists in the field of high-performance computing. At the University of Illinois, he is currently involved in the development of one of the world’s most efficient supercomputers. His research interests focus on system design, programming and efficiency analysis. Torsten Hoefler will provide the Department of Computer Science, the research focus “Scientific Computing and Simulation” and the CSCS (Swiss National Supercomputing Centre) with important stimuli.
According to Torsten’s blog he had the choice between “Juelich [as] *the* top supercomputing center in Europe and ETH [as] *the* top research university in (mainland) Europe (with people like Einstein as alumni)”. Torsten also adds “It was a very hard choice and I took some time to make it final”. Finally he concludes that “Zurich is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and definitely one of (if not the) most expensive city . Public transit is just a dream, I believe one really doesn’t need a car around the city”.
We are happy to welcome Torsten to HPC in Switzerland!