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Director, European Grid Initiative
In addition to serving as the director of EGI.eu, Steven Newhouse is an active member of Open Grid Forum, the largest standards body within the grid community. Most recently, Newhouse worked at Microsoft as a program manager in the High Performance Computing group. Newhouse has also been the director of Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK, a collaborative e-Science project between the University of Southampton, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Manchester.
Production Coordinator, Open Science Grid
Dan Fraser is a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Currently he is the Production Coordinator for the Open Science Grid. Formerly he was the Senior Architect for Grid Middleware at Sun Microsystems and the creator of Sun’s Technical Computing Portal. He has a PhD in Physics from Utah State University and over a decade of experience working with high performance science and commercial applications.
Technical Consultant, GRNET
Vangelis Floros is a computer scientist with many years experience in distributed computing and in particular, grid computing. He has participated in a large number of European research projects including CrossGrid, DILIGENT, D4Science and EGEE series of projects. Over the years his work has involved infrastructure operations, training, application porting support and community coordination. More recently his focus has shifted to cloud computing which he perceives as a re-incarnation of the grid computing concept. Currently he leads the infrastructure operations activity at the StratusLab European project.
Philip Blood received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 2008 where he used massively parallel molecular dynamics simulations to study how proteins remodel cellular membranes. In 2007 Blood joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center as a Senior Scientific Specialist in the Scientific Applications and User Support group. He currently works with scientists in the fields of computational chemistry, biophysics, and various other disciplines to advance science through supercomputing. Philip has recently taken a leading role in TeraGrid’s Campus Champions program, an effort to help more researchers at U.S. institutions take full advantage of TeraGrid resources.
With over 15 years in the software industry, Marc-Elian Bégin has had the opportunity to experience all phases of software development and contribute to the delivery of over 12 software systems. In 2007 Bégin co-founded SixSq, which provides integration and testing for complex and distributed services. Presently, Bégin is serving as the StratusLab activity leader at SixSq; StratusLab is an EU-funded open source project aiming to integrate clouds and grids.
Chief Software Architect, Quake-Catcher Network, Stanford University
Carl Christensen received his Bachelor in Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and his Master’s in Computer Science from Temple University. Christensen has been involved in volunteer computing since 2003, when he was appointed Chief Software Architect of the climateprediction.net project at Oxford University, the world’s largest climate modeling experiment. He worked on and adopted the BOINC volunteer computing platform shortly thereafter, and is now leading the development of the Quake-Catcher Network for Stanford University.
Over the week following the live chat, a number of other experts from around the world will be joining us to discuss these issues and answer your questions.
Expertise: Volunteer computing; Grid computing
Research Scientist, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, University of Houston
David Anderson is perhaps best known for his work as the project lead for BOINC, the well-known volunteer computing platform pioneered by SETI. His research areas include volunteer computing, distributed systems, operating systems, realtime and multimedia systems, computer graphics, and computer music.
Expertise: Grid computing
Grid Computing Systems Administrator, LIGO Caltech
In his capacity as the grid computing systems administrator for LIGO Caltech, Robert Engel is a regular contributor to the Open Science Grid.
Expertise: Grid computing; High performance computing
Research Scientist, High Performance Computing Center
Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Texas Tech University
Ten years experience in high performance computing, grid computing application development and support, fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations, and industry-academia partnerships. Research interests in energy exploration and cancer biomedicine.