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Maciej Besta

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Maciej Besta

I lead research on sparse graph computations and large language models at the Scalable Parallel Computing Lab (SPCL) at ETH Zurich; I also work on network topologies and occasionally other aspects of the high-performance computing landscape. I also lead collaborations and project management at the SPCL's part of the ETH Future Computing Laboratory (EFCL). I am fortunate to work with and be mentored by Prof. Torsten Hoefler and to be a part of the rich and vibrant SPCL, EFCL, and ETH research environments.

I am particularly interested in irregular computations, such as graph-enhanced language models, graph neural networks, graph databases, graph streaming, sparse models, or classical graph algorithms, in any types of settings and workloads. I research these computations holistically, at different abstraction levels, including (1) hardware, (2) interconnects and their underlying network topologies, (3) middleware (runtimes, frameworks, OS), (4) algorithms, and (5) paradigms, abstractions, programming models; usually resorting to formal reasoning such as rigorous performance modeling. More details can be found in CV.

Prior to coming to ETH, I spent several years at CERN in Geneva. Among others, I developed an event display system for the TOTEM Experiment in the Large Hadron Collider. My stay at CERN resulted in my master thesis obtained from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland, where I was fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ryszard Tadeusiewicz.


Maciej Besta

I also organize and conduct solo mountaineering expeditions into the coldest, the most remote, and the most inaccessible mountain regions and plateaus in the world, with the current focus on the ranges and plateaus of Siberia and Siberian Arctic. My exploratory activities are supported by the Fellowship in The Explorers Club, an international multidisciplinary professional society focusing on the advancement of scientific exploration. I synergistically use the mental and physical resources developed in these hostile environments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of my research. More of this in the Exploration & Expeditions part of this website.

[PL: W związku z dyskusją w polskim świecie akademickim, jaka miała miejsce latem 2015, pozwalam sobie opublikować list w obronie profesora Ryszarda Tadeusiewicza.]

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