Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch is an independent consultant for cluster, grid, and cloud computing, and for data and compute-intensive applications. He is co-founder of the Uber-Cloud HPC Experiment, General Chair of the ISC Cloud conference series, and an Advisor to the EUDAT European Data Infrastructure project. Previously, he was Dissemination Advisor for the DEISA Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, a Member at Large of the Board of Directors of the Open Grid Forum, adjunct professor of computer science at Duke University in Durham and at NC State in Raleigh, and a visiting scientist at RENCI, the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina.
From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Gentzsch was the Chairman of the German D-Grid Initiative; Vice Chair of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group e-IRG; Area Director of Major Grid Projects of the OGF Open Grid Forum Steering Group; and a member of the US President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST).
Before, Wolfgang was Managing Director of the MCNC Grid and Data Center Services in North Carolina; Sun's Senior Director of Grid Computing in Menlo Park, CA; President, CEO, and CTO of HPC software companies Genias and Gridware, and a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany. Wolfgang studied mathematics and physics at the Technical Universities in Aachen and Darmstadt, Germany.
Industry High Technology Consultant and HPC/Cloud Evangelist
A well respected industry figure, Steve Campbell is an Industry High Technology Consultant and HPC/Cloud Evangelist. Steve is co-founder and Managing Partner with Orion Marketing a full service marketing consulting company focused on information technology industry. Steve brings a unique blend of expertise to this industry. He has held senior VP positions in Product Management and Product Marketing responsible for all company marketing for HPC and Enterprise vendors.
Steve was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Solutions of the Hitachi Server Group. Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing at Sun Microsystems Enterprise Systems Products Group responsible for the mid-range and high-end Sun Fire and Sun Enterprise servers. He was executive sponsor for several high profile customers in Asia and was also responsible for Sun's High-Performance Computing initiatives and the Data Center Insight Programs leading solution programs for data center consolidation and mainframe migration.
Before joining Sun, Steve was a founding partner in a technology consulting company working with early stage technology and Internet start-ups helping to raise over $300M for clients. He also served on the boards of and as interim CEO/CMO of several early-stage technology companies. He was Vice President of Marketing at FPS Computing and held executive positions at Convex Computer Corporation and Scientific Computer Systems.
CIO for BRMaches & Associates
Bruce Maches is a senior Information Technology executive and entrepreneur who has worked for or consulted to companies such as IBM, Pfizer, Lilly, Abbott, Amylin, SAIC and EDS (now HP) and has been involved with several technology startup companies. During his career he has held positions from junior programmer to CIO and is experienced across all aspects of the IT function. His primary expertise involves working with organizations to ensure that they are employing the proper strategies and governance and are maximizing value out of their investments in Information Technology. Mr. Maches is proficient at collaborating with management teams to define the systems and applications strategy that will support the corporate goals and objectives. He is also adept at driving change within an organization through the early adoption of advanced information technologies such as cloud computing. His other areas of expertise include strategic planning, IT governance, merger integration, change management, system design and development, operational planning, resource management and large scale enterprise deployments. He is also well versed in the 'people' side of IT having managed teams up to 500 people and is proficient at translating business needs/goals to technology strategies.
Mr. Maches is also a speaker and writer having written articles for publications such as HPC In The Cloud on the impact of cloud computing on IT governance. He has also participated in panel discussions on both cloud and GRID computing.
Mr. Maches has spent the last 7 years consulting to life science companies such as Isis Pharmaceuticals, Elan Pharmaceuticals, and Abbott. During these engagements he provided strategic advisory services while managing his clients technology organizations and guiding them on the creation of long term technology plans. Prior to these engagements Bruce Maches was a Director of IT for Pfizer's R&D division where he was an integral part of Pfizer's merger integration efforts. For the Pfizer - Warner Lambert merger, he was responsible for all integration activities as part of a $75 million program of work to implement the business systems required to support the R&D organization at Pfizer. Mr. Maches was also CIO of Aztec Shops he was responsible for all aspects of the MIS function where he turned around a dysfunctional IT team and before that worked as a senior consultant for IBM's Global Services Division participating in enterprise scale technology deployments.
Mr. Maches currently resides in San Diego, has grown twin daughters and enjoys sailing, music, skiing, and golf as leisure activities.
Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid
Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti is Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), and a Cloud Computing Researcher at the Distributed Systems Architecture Research Group (http://dsa-research.org/).
He is (and has been) directly involved in EU funded projects, such as EGEE (Grid Computing) and 4CaaSt (PaaS Cloud), as well as many Spanish national initiatives.
From 2005 to 2009 his research focused in application porting onto Grid Computing infrastructures, activity that let him be "where the real action was". These applications pertained to a wide range of areas, from Fusion Physics to Bioinformatics. During this period he achieved the abilities needed for profiling applications and making them benefit of distributed computing infrastructures. Additionally, he shared these abilities in many training events organized within the EGEE Project and similar initiatives.
Since 2010 his research interests lie in different aspects of Cloud Computing, but always having real life applications in mind, specially those pertaining to the High Performance Computing domain.
President / CEO Deopli Corporation
Scott Clark has been an infrastructure solution provider in the EDA/Semiconductor industry for the last 20 years. Recognizing that the technology is finally available for the concepts of Cloud Computing to be realized, and with that, change how the industry leverages technology, Scott founded a company intended to help all EDA / Semiconductor companies optimize value through infrastructure.
Prior to Deopli, Scott was the Director of Engineering Infrastructure at Broadcom Corporation where he was responsible for optimization of more than 30 global design centers doing collaborative hardware and software semiconductor design. Prior to Broadcom, Scott served similar roles with similar responsibilities for Conexant Systems and Western Digital Corporation.
Scott holds a bachelors of science in applied mathematics from San Diego State University.
J.S. Hurley is an advanced computing and information technology advocate focused HPC applications and Enterprise-wide Distributed Computing. He formerly served as Senior Research Scientist, Director, and Principal Investigator for the DoE/NNSA Sponsored Center for Disaster Recovery. He was responsible for developing the mission, needs and requirements of the DoE/NNSA in Disaster Recovery at Wilberforce University. Hurley came to Wilberforce University in August 2009 after several years in which he was responsible for the evaluation and implementation of Boeing's Grid technologies and headed Distributed Computing for the Network Systems Division of the Boeing Company.
He was a member of: Boeing Enterprise Computing Management Team; Boeing Enterprise Computing Strategy Team; Boeing High Performance Computing (HPC) Council; Boeing Global Architecture Team (GATe) key core technology areas; SNIA's End User's Council; the Ohio Supercomputing Center (OSC) Statewide Users Group; and remains a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Tabor Communications; Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) for the Center for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) University of Illinois/National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
He is a past Editor-at-large for Gridtoday Publication; member of the Advisory Committee (ADCOM, Open Grid Forum (OGF)) and served as an expert in evaluation of proposals in the European Union (EU) Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). Hurley was HP CAE APJ Series Summit, Keynote Speaker, August 2008 and was the Keynote Speaker of the HP 19th Annual CAE Summit, March 2008 and is co-chair of the National University Community Research Institute.