Dr. Mike AshworthHead of Application Performance Engineering, Scientific Computing Department, STFC Daresbury Laboratory
Dr Mike Ashworth is Head of Application Performance Engineering (APE) in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory. He leads on the development and optimization of large-scale applications for high-performance systems across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including evaluation and exploitation of novel architectures and the application of Grid technologies. Mike was one of the team which successfully attracted £56.5 million funding to establish the Hartree Centre at STFC and is involved in a range of projects especially focused on environmental, astrophysical and fluid flow simulations. He was one of the founders of the Gung-Ho project, which with the Met Office and NERC, is developing a new atmospheric dynamical core for weather prediction and climate applications. He also leads on many ocean model developments and has been a major contributor to NERC’s Ocean Roadmap program. Mike leads STFC’s contribution to the Science Data Processor work package for the Square Kilometre Array. Mike represents STFC in many international projects such as the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the European Exascale Software Initiative. Mike has played a major role in the UK National HPC Services establishing the HPCx Terascaling Team and leading the team in the last few years of the HPCx Service. The APE Group has also been highly successful in bidding for projects under the HECToR Distributed CSE Support programme.
Mike’s experience in parallel and high-performance computing began around 30 years ago at Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester, when, following a PhD on radio pulsars working under Prof. Andrew Lyne, he used the latest high-performance computing systems in a search for very fast pulsars. Subsequently he worked extensively on environmental modelling applications, with posts at the Natural Environment Research Council and the German Computing Centre for Climate Research. On coming to Daresbury in 1997, he has done much to develop an environmental modelling activity within the Department with a series of projects on ocean, atmospheric and earthquake simulations.