[Mpi-forum] Rusty Lusk

William Emmanuel S. Yu wyu at ateneo.edu
Mon May 23 17:35:46 CDT 2022

May he rest in peace.

On Tue, May 24, 2022, 6:34 AM Jack Dongarra via mpi-forum <
mpi-forum at lists.mpi-forum.org> wrote:

> It's with a heavy heart I pass along some sad news. My dear friend, Rusty
> Lusk passed away on May 16. He began his career as an assistant professor
> of mathematics at Northern Illinois University. He later moved into the
> Computer Science Department, where he eventually became a full professor
> and the department's acting chairman. In 1982, Rusty joined Argonne
> National Laboratory as a computer scientist, and he became a senior
> computer scientist in 1989. Along with Paul Messina and me, Rusty was
> instrumental in founding Argonne's Advanced Computing Research Facility,
> which signaled the beginning of Argonne's commitment to parallel computing
> research.
> Rusty was one of the founders of the MPI Forum. He Chaired MPI-2, started
> the MPICH project with Bill Gropp, and was a close friend, collaborator,
> and mentor to many of us.
> Rusty has said, "I think that the development of the MPI Standard is
> probably the most important thing that I have worked on. Developing a
> community standard in cooperation with vendors, computer scientists, and
> users was fascinating to participate in. The experience was social and
> technical and succeeded because of the many people who worked hard to
> achieve a common goal. It was then possible to work on implementation
> research for MPI to convince a broad range of people that the standard was
> efficient to implement and use. We realized that we would be impacting a
> whole generation of parallel programmers if we succeeded."
> Without Rusty's influence, MPI wouldn't be what it is today. I miss my
> friend.
> Jack Dongarra
> https://obituaries.neptunesociety.com/obituaries/downers-grove-il/ewing-lusk-10754811
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