David Wallom, Associate Director, Innovation of the Oxford e-Research Centre
Supporting research with flexible computational resources
Cloud computing has the potential to irreversibly change the access to research computing. With IaaS cloud pilots now complete we are now seeing how this particular technology can be best used. We have also seen that this is just the beginning, with PaaS and SaaS becoming real game changers , a possible solution to the long term problem of software licensing for scientific applications, a solution to the problems of energy efficiency of computational science maybe even. The talk will give reference to both the UK NGS cloud pilot, several other UK funded projects and what needs to change to get the most value from these types of facilities.
Dr David Wallom is the Associate Director – Innovation of the Oxford e-Research Centre, where he leads three different activities, Energy and ICT, Cloud Computing and Volunteer Computing. He has led over 20 research projects in areas such as Cloud utilisation, Smart Energy Grids, Research data management, Green IT, ICT security and institutional repositories. He has led the OeRC Volunteer Computing Group for the last 3 years. He is the OeRC representative at the Open Grid Forum ensuring University of Oxford has a voice at this international standards and community body. Within this activity he was the VP-Community where he lead activities around utilisation of standards and best practices developed in OGF. He is a member of the GCHQ recognized centre of Excellence in Cyber Security and the UK Space Agency Ground segment Advisory Group and the UK Government TSB Satellite Applications Centre Academic Advisory Board.
He is also the Technical Director of the UK national e-infrastructure for research (c.f. OpenScienceGrid) the UK NGS; Key activities include the supervision and direction of the projects research and development functions and the development of a service based federated cloud computing provision. He alsoleads the NGS membership program, overseeing the interaction between the NGS, collaborating large research projects and institutional research computing facilities connected into the national e-infrastructure.