Board of Directors

Board of Director Elections (2022)

The Arm HPC User Group (AHUG) is recruiting its next slate of board members to drive the direction of the AHUG organization and to help plan future AHUG events that promote Arm user community discussions and interactions. The AHUG board will consist of three elected officers, managing director, assistant director(s), and secretary. Additionally, the board has one previously appointed officer who acts as the treasurer and legal representative for AHUG, which is formed as a Swiss non-profit association. Please read more about the Board of Directors position descriptions and eligibility below.

All elected positions have a term of two years starting in December 2022. The Board nomination process will be open until October 10th, 2022, and the election will run from October 17th to November 9th, 2022. The results of the election are expected to be announced at the AHUG SC22 workshop on November 14th, 2022.

Those interested in being part of the AHUG board are encouraged to submit a brief biography statement and a candidate statement on why you are interested to be a board member for AHUG (100 words or less) using this form. 

See the Candidates for the 2023-2024 BoD

Current AHUG Directors

Jeffrey Young (Managing Director)

Jeff is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science. With a background in computer architecture, his main research interests have focused on the intersection of high-performance computing and novel accelerators including GPUs, Xeon Phi, FPGAs, and  Arm SVE processors. He is currently working on a collaborative research program for near-memory computing with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) for processors and GPUs. He is a co-director for Georgia Tech’s Center for High Performance Computing and is also the director of a novel architecture testbed, the CRNCH Rogues Gallery, that aims to simplify and democratize access to novel post-Moore accelerators in the neuromorphic, reversible, and novel networking spaces.

Mitsuhisa Sato (Associate Director)

Mitsuhisa Sato is a deputy Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science since 2018. Since 2010, he has been appointed as team leader of the programming environment research team in the Advanced Institute of Computational Science (AICS), recently renamed to R-CCS, RIKEN. Since 2014, he has worked as a team leader for the architecture development team of the FLAGSHIP 2020 project to develop the Japanese flagship supercomputer “Fugaku”. He is a Professor (Cooperative Graduate School Program) and Professor Emeritus of University of Tsukuba.

Steve Poole (Associate Director)

Steve is a thought leader in HPC, influencing design, architecture, and budget in the US DOE and beyond. A multi-decade veteran of high-level accomplishments in HPC, Steve has had his hands in many designs at LANL (Road Runner), ORNL, and various other agencies. His reputation is one focused around strong technical knowledge and includes strong results in the Arm space. Currently, Steve is the Chief Architect for Next Generation Platforms at LANL.

Michèle Weiland (Associate Director)

Dr Michèle Weiland is a Senior Research Fellow at EPCC. She specializes in novel technologies for extreme scale parallel computing, leading EPCC’s technical involvements in the ASiMoV Strategic Prosperity Partnership with Rolls-Royce and the NEXTGenIO project, which focuses on innovations for I/O at the Exascale. She also leads on EPCC’s involvement in the Catalyst UK program, a partnership with HPE and Arm to accelerate to adoption of the Arm ecosystem. She is the EPCC PI on a number of research grants, including the EC Horizon 2020 projects ExaFLOW, HPC-WE and SAGE2, as well as Co-I on the ExCALIBUR project ELEMENT and for the Cirrus2 Tier-2 service. She is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for e-Infrastructure.

Christelle Piechurski (Secretary)

Christelle is Chief HPC project officer for GENCI. She is responsible for supporting French national centers’ procurement and acquisition of computing and storage capabilities for researchers. She also leads the technology watch activity group that evaluates promising solutions for early adoption by users and that assesses new technologies at the applications level. She is engaged at the European level through PRACE-6IP. She has a postgraduate degree in Physics and has been active in the HPC world for 20 years. Her career started in the oil and gas industry before moving to x-SGI (HPE) and Atos (2011) as an HPC principal architect.

Valerio Schiavoni (Treasurer)

Valerio is a Maître-Assistant (Lecturer) of the Complex Systems Group at University of Neuchâtel as well as the coordinator for the Competence Centre in Complex Systems and Big Data and the coordinator of the Inter-University Doctoral Program in Computer Science for CUSO. His research interests include distributed systems, software and hardware security systems from large to small and IoT scale, data management and, more recently, systems for deep learning.

Director Descriptions

Note that the responsibilities defined here are subject to the further definition of official AHUG bylaws by the Board of Directors.

Managing Director

The managing director shall be the primary organizing member of the AHUG organization and will call and coordinate monthly AHUG Board meetings. Additionally, the Managing Director will represent AHUG and its constituents at both the annual AHUG conference and at other ARM events where AHUG representation is required. The Managing Director shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board.

Associate Director(s)

At the request of the Managing Director, or in the Managing Director’s absence, the Assistant Director(s) shall perform all duties of the Managing Director and in so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Managing Director. The Assistant Director(s) will also work with other board members to make sure the AHUG website is consistent and up to date. The Assistant Director(s) shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Managing Director or by the Board.


The Secretary shall act as the primary record-keeper of all meetings of the Board and of official AHUG events and shall keep the minutes thereof in the proper medium to be provided for that purpose. The Secretary shall cause all notices required to be given by the Corporation to be duly given and served; shall have charge of the other books, records and papers of the Corporation; shall cause the report, statements and other documents required by law to be properly kept and filed; shall maintain a current list of Members and Participants, and be responsible for Membership applications; and shall act as editor for correspondence received for publication and distribute this information at intervals not greater than six months. The Secretary shall perform these and other duties in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned by the Managing Director or the Board.


The Treasurer shall act as the primary financial officer of the Board and of official AHUG events. The Treasurer shall have charge of all accounts of the organization and shall provide disbursements for any fees accrued by the organization and reporting of incurred expenses upon request. The Treasurer shall perform these and other duties in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as may be assigned by the Managing Director or the Board.