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Simon Thompson Back to Speakers Bureau

Date Joined: July 02, 2015
Home Town: Birmingham
Zip Code: B15 2TT
Registered for Upcoming Summit: No
  • University of Birmingham - From 2003-09-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Deploying OpenStack to support researcher requirements and delivery of HPC systems

Areas Of Expertise
  • HPC
  • openstack
  • parallel file systems


Simon is the Research Computing Infrastructure Architect at the University of Birmingham. Working designing and building research data and computation systems. Recently much of Simon's time has been taken up designing and building OpenStack based private cloud systems including the pilot for the CLIMB project. CLIMB is an ambitious multi-University, multi-site deployment aimed at supporting microbial bioinformaticians and was built with Tom Connor (Cardiff University) and Nick Loman (University of Birmingham) and supported by the Medical Research Council. Simon enjoys challenging projects, and challenging the traditional approaches used which has led to the development of a private research cloud being deployed at University of Birmingham which includes being the first UK site to deploy Lenovo warm water cooling technology and even getting parts created to support the systems.

He is also chair of the independent Spectrum Scale user group.

Presentations from previous OpenStack Summits:
Additional presentations:

Willing to present via video conference: Yes
I'm willing to travel to:
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Fluent in
  • English

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