David Keyes, KAUST professor of applied mathematics and computational science; director of the University's Extreme Computing Research Center; and senior associate to the President of KAUST, will chair the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2020. He will be the first program chair from a Middle Eastern institution, as announced by ISC 2020. 
Astronomy research excellence is coming back home to the Middle East, where it took its first steps around 1200 BC. Custome new software developed by the KAUST Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC) was released at the end of 2017. Named MOAO - Multiple Object Adaptive Optics – the software will contribute to the activities of the world's largest future optical telescope to be deployed in Chile in 2024.
Prof. David Keyes and his team proposed a GPUs light architecture to solve systems of multiple equations involving a large amount of data. Broadly used in computer gaming, mobile, and PC graphics - GPUs allow customizing an effective result-driven support to create a computational framework for increasing the number of processors while reducing the memory required to temporarily store the data.