Skip to navigation Skip to content
Careers | Phone Book | A - Z Index

AMCRD’s Sherry Li Part of Team Honored by SIAM for Best Paper

February 22, 2022

Sherry Li

Sherry Li

Sherry Li, a senior scientist and group lead in Berkeley Lab’s Applied Math and Computational Research Division, is co-author on a paper being honored with the 2022 SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing Best Paper Prize.

The award will be presented at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP22), to be held virtually February 23-26, 2022. The prize was awarded to Li and co-authors Piyush Sao of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Richard Vuduc of the Georgia Institute of Technology for their paper “A communication-avoiding 3D algorithm for sparse LU factorization on heterogeneous systems.” Read more in this Q&A with the authors.

Li, Sao, and Vuduc will give a talk on their work at the PP22 conference on February 25, 8:30 a.m. PT.

“It is a truly humbling honor to be recognized by this prize,” said Li. “We are grateful for receiving long-time support from the ASCR office through the SciDAC program and, more recently, the Exascale Computing Project. This enabled us to continue developing novel algorithms and software that are tracking the computer architecture trends and application needs.”

Li is a 2016 SIAM Fellow who has worked on diverse problems in high-performance scientific computations, including parallel computing, sparse matrix computations, high precision arithmetic, and combinatorial scientific computing. She is also lead developer of SuperLU, a widely used sparse direct solver, and has contributed to the development of several other mathematical libraries, including ARPREC, LAPACK, PDSLin, STRUMPACK, and XBLAS.

The SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing awards the best paper prize every two years to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper in the field of parallel scientific and engineering computing published within the four calendar years preceding the award year.

About Berkeley Lab

Founded in 1931 on the belief that the biggest scientific challenges are best addressed by teams, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its scientists have been recognized with 14 Nobel Prizes. Today, Berkeley Lab researchers develop sustainable energy and environmental solutions, create useful new materials, advance the frontiers of computing, and probe the mysteries of life, matter, and the universe. Scientists from around the world rely on the Lab’s facilities for their own discovery science. Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit