Dr. Valentina Salapura is an IBM Master Inventor and System Architect at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IEEE Fellow. She is the founder and co-chair of the Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture series to bring together women and under-represented minorities at different levels in academia, industry, research, government and students to promote the recruitment, retention and progression of women and under-represented groups with research interests in computer architecture, and provide career advice and mentoring. She received MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Zagreb, Croatia and Ph.D. degree from Technische Universitaet Wien, Vienna, Austria. Dr.Valentina has patented and published extensively. She holds over 70 patents issued in US, with approximately additional 50 patents pending. She has published more than 60 papers and gave 13 keynotes and invited talks that identified the challenges for future multiprocessors and supercomputer design. Dr.Valentina is a speaker for the CRA-W/CDC Distinguished Lectures Series, is a member of ACM and IFIP WG10.3, and has Erdos number 3.
Currently, Dr.Valentina is with the Services Innovation Lab to help IBM realize the value of cloud computing for IBM customers. Formerly, Dr.Valentina was a computer architect for the Power8 processor definition team, and has been a technical leader for the Blue Gene program since its inception. She has contributed to the architecture and implementation of several generations of BlueGene systems focusing on multiprocessor interconnect, synchronization and multithreaded, multicore architecture design and evaluation. Dr.Valentina has been unit lead for several units of BlueGene/P, a unit lead in BlueGene/Q, as well as a leader of the chip and system bring up effort. Before joining IBM Research at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in 2000, Dr.Valentina was Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Technische Universitaet Wien.
Dr. Valentina Salapura served the technical community in various roles, as a program committee (co)chair, general (co)chair, serving on various steering committees, being a member of program committees, editorial board member, and as an NSF panelist. In 2017 she was General (Co-)Chair of 3rd Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture and in 2018 as Program Co-Chair The International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) - Industry Session and many more. Dr.Valentina Salapura received the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Special Achievements for Blue Gene/L supercomputer and Quantum Chromodynamics in 2006, was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011, and is recognized as ACM Distinguished Speaker. Dr.Valentina was recognized with several IBM Research division awards, including an Outstanding Technical Achievement award, by being elected member of IBM Academy of Technology, and being named IBM Master Inventor. In 2010, Dr. Valentina was co-leading the IBM Research strategy to define the future research agenda.