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Sidharth Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research lies at the intersection of HPC and Data Analytics. More broadly, he work on problems in big data processing, parallel I/O, scalable algorithms, large data file formats, interactive techniques and performance modeling. His research led to the development of the Parallel IDX (PIDX) framework. PIDX is a high performance I/O library that enables HPC applications to write distributed multi-dimensional data directly into a multi-resolution visualization appropriate data format with minimal overhead. The I/O framework has shown scalability to 768K cores and has been deployed on some of the fastest supercomputers (Mira, Titan, Shaheen, Edison, Hopper) of the world. Sidharth finished his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Valerio Pascucci from University of Utah in 2015.