CSE mourns the passing of Professor Allan Snavely
Arrangements for a memorial service have not been finalized at this time.Allan Snavely, a widely recognized expert in high-performance computing whose innovative thinking led to the development of the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, and was an adjunct faculty in the CSE Department, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, July 14. He was 49. Snavely, an avid cyclist, had just completed a ride up and down Mt. Diablo, a peak of almost 3,900 feet that is visible from most of the San Francisco Bay area and much of northern California.
Snavely joined SDSC in 1994 and held a variety of leadership positions, serving as associate director of the center before joining the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as Chief Technical Officer earlier this year. He was part of LLNL’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program. While at SDSC Snavely also was an adjunct professor in the Computer Science & Engineering department at UC San Diego. He earned a PhD in computer science from the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2000 in addition to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science in 1994 and 1993, respectively.