Rob Neely is a Computation employee with over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) and scientific software development. Rob is the Advanced Architecture Software Development Lead for the Weapon Simulation and Computing (WSC) Program, charged with coordinating software activities within the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) program to prepare for the new and challenging era of exascale computing. In addition, he works with the ASC Program Office on areas of strategic direction, and has been actively involved in planning for the planned DOE Exascale Computing Initiative, and the White House National Strategic Computing Initiative announced in 2015.
Rob has been at LLNL since 1994. Much of his career has been spent in the ASC program where he has been deeply involved in a breadth of areas, including computational research directions, software quality assurance, workforce management, strategic planning, and managing several large projects – most notably as the computer science technical lead for the ALE3D (multi-physics simulation) and LEOS (materials equation of state) projects. He has spearheaded several other successful projects, including the MIDAS materials project, and Lorenz – a tool for making HPC easier and more accessible to users of Livermore Computing.
In the summer of 2011, Rob returned to LLNL from a one-year assignment in Washington DC where he worked at the non-profit Council on Competitiveness. While there, he helped establish a new public-private partnership called the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium, aimed at increasing adoption of HPC in the small and medium sized manufacturing sector. He also helped re-launch the Council’s HPC Initiative, with its goals to continue advocating for the adoption of HPC in the industrial sector.