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OpenMP Architecture Review Board Appoints New CEO


October 27, 2011 — The Board of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Wong of IBM Canada as the new CEO of the OpenMP organization. He succeeds outgoing CEO Larry Meadows of Intel. In addition, Matthijs van Waveren has been appointed as Marketing Coordinator.

Michael has extensive leadership experience at IBM in various compiler projects and standards body experience with the ISO C++ committee.  He has a particular passion for connecting users with language designers and hopes to bring that energy to OpenMP.
Matthijs has several years experience as Marketing Coordinator at Fujitsu and has been involved with OpenMP since 2000.
About the Appointees
Michael Wong is the IBM and Canadian representative to the C++ Standard, OpenMP Committee and Software Transactional Memory group. He is the co-author of a number of C++0x, OpenMP and STM features. He is the past C++ team lead to IBM´s XL C++ compiler, C compiler and has been designing C++ compilers for fifteen years. He is currently leading the C++0x deployment as a senior technical lead for IBM. His current research interest is in the area of parallel programming, C++ benchmark performance, object model, generic programming and template meta-programming. He is a frequent speaker at various technical conferences and serves on the Programming Committee of Boost, and IWOMP. He holds a B.Sc. from University of Toronto, and a Masters in Mathematics from University of Waterloo.
Matthijs van Waveren is the Fujitsu representative to the OpenMP ARB and to the SPEC High-Performance Group. He has contributed to the development of several SPEC benchmarks and of a number of OpenMP features. He is member of the Board of SPEC, and has received several SPECtacular awards. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
About OpenMP
The OpenMP Application Program Interface (API) is a multi-platform shared-memory parallel programming model for the C, C++ and Fortran programming languages. Jointly defined by a group of major computer hardware and software vendors and the user community, OpenMP is a portable, scalable model that gives shared-memory parallel programmers a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from multicore systems and SMPs, to embedded systems. OpenMP is supported on all architectures including UNIX and Microsoft Windows platforms. OpenMP is the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today and is a cornerstone technology in high performance and technical computing.
About the OpenMP Architecture Review Board
Incorporated in 1999, The OpenMP ARB is the non-profit corporation that owns the OpenMP brand, oversees the OpenMP specification and produces and approves new versions of the specification. The OpenMP ARB helps to organize and fund workshops and other related events, and promotes OpenMP. The OpenMP ARB’s mission is to standardize shared memory multiprocessing APIs. Further information can be found at

OpenMP is a registered trademark of  the OpenMP Architectural Review Board.

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