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David A. Lifka

Director - Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing
Associate CIO - Cornell Information Technologies

David Lifka

David is the Director of the Center for Advanced Computing and Associate CIO for Cornell University. He is an HPC industry veteran with twenty years of experience in management and technology leadership positions at Cornell and Argonne National Laboratory. He is an active member of  the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, serving as Chair in 2013 and 2014. His areas of expertise include sustainable models for academic research computing facilities, parallel job scheduling and resource management systems, data management, high throughput systems, Web services, and cloud computing. Lifka has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and serves on a number of academic and corporate advisory boards. His scheduling technologies have been commercially licensed and he has received a ComputerWorld/Smithsonian award for innovations in IT. Lifka also serves as the Coordinator of Architecture and Design for “XSEDE,” the National Science Foundation’s five-year program providing advanced cyberinfrastructure systems and services to US scientists and engineers. 

Email or Phone 607.254.8621

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise, Research and Interest

Current Projects

  • Red Cloud
  • Research Data Management Service Group
  • 2012 Collaboration with University of Chicago, NSF Award: 1250545: Managing Cloud Usage Allocation and Accounting for the NSF Community
  • 2011 XSEDE, NSF Award: 1053575: XSEDE: eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
  • 2011 Texas Advanced Computing Center, NSF Award: 1134872: Enabling, Enhancing, and Extending Petascale Computing for Science and Engineering

Recent Presentations and Posters

Recent Papers and Reports

Previous Courses

  • STSCI 4060 - Introduction to High Performance Computing Tools and Concepts
  • CIS 4205 - High Performance Computing: Platforms, Tools and Effective Strategies for Computationally and Data Intensive Science
  • CIS 4206 - Introduction to Scripting in Perl & Python


Memberships/Professional Affiliations

Employment History

  • 2013- Associate CIO, Cornell Information Technologies
  • 2010- Director, Reseach Computing, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2007- Director, Center for Advanced Computing, Cornell University
  • 2005- Adjunct Associate Professor, Computing and Information Science
  • 2005-2007 Director, High Performance and Innovative Computing, Computing and Information Science, Cornell University
  • 2001-2005 Chief Technical Officer, Cornell Theory Center, Cornell University
  • 1999-2001 Associate Director, Computer Systems, Cornell Theory Center, Cornell University
  • 1995-1999 Senior Systems Programmer, Cornell Theory Center, Cornell University
  • 1993-1995 Senior Technical Support Analyst, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 1992-1993 Associate Computer Scientist, Petabyte Access Storage Solutions project, High Energy Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 1991-1992 Associate Computer Scientist, Computing and Telecommunications Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 1988-1991 Assistant Computer Scientist, Computing and Telecommunications Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL