Kent Milfield

Kent Milfeld, Ph.D.

Retired, HPC Performance & Architecture Group, Manager
Research Associate

High Performance Computing

Kent received his undergraduate degrees in business and chemistry from Baylor University and his PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Milfeld spent several years as a faculty member at the University of Houston a teaching Quantum Chemistry and Numerical Analysis, and was appointed as the Director of Computing in the Chemistry Department, before joining the TACC staff.

Over the last 30+ years at the center, now named the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Kent has fulfilled many roles, including directing HPC training programs, teaching Computational Chemistry and HPC courses in the UT Chemistry and CS Departments, organizing conferences, consulting, and collaborating on computational projects with fellow colleagues within NSF, DoD and DOE programs, and at UT institutions such as the Institute for Advance Technology (IAT).

Kent enjoys collaborating with his colleagues on conference proceedings and papers. Recent topics of interest include Affinity (amask utility), Interactive Development HPC access (idev utility), and OpenMP programming (Member of OpenMP Language committee).


UT CS Grad/Undergrad course: Parallel Programming for Science & Engineering

UT CS Graduate course CS395T: Parallel Programming for Science & Engineering

Create HPC Training Modules, Instructing

Software installation and testing

Architecture evaluation

Technical Areas of Interest



Molecular Dynamics, Quantum Chemistry and Density Functional Theory

Major Projects

Interactive Development Access to HPC Compute Nodes: idev design and development

Evaluation of Parallel Processing Affinity masks: amask design and development


B.A., Business,
Baylor University

B.S., Chemistry,
Baylor University

Ph.D. Chemical Physics,
University of Texas at Austin