Vivek Sarkar is a Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the Stephen Fleming Chair for Telecommunications in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. Previously, Sarkar was Professor of Computer Science and the E.D. Butcher Chair in Engineering at Rice University, He leads the Habanero Extreme Scale Software Research Laboratory which develops programming system foundations for current and future high-performance computing systems and influences standards such as OpenMP, Java concurrency, and C++ tasking libraries.
Earlier, Sarkar was Senior Manager of Programming Technologies at IBM Research, where he led the X10 programming language, the Jikes Research Virtual Machine, and the ASTI optimizer projects. Sarkar was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology during 1995-2007, and was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2008. He has served on the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) since 2009, and CRA’s Board of Directors since 2015.