Distributed computing is becoming more integrated into the lives of humans than most would recognize, leading to some great outcomes (and some less-than-great ones, we should also admit). To understand what’s net, it’s worth looking at the drivers of this success, the problems yet to be solved, and the optimistic view of how we can all help.
Brendan Bouffler has 25 years of experience in the global tech industry creating large-scale systems for HPC environments. He’s been responsible for designing and building thousands of systems for researchers and engineers, in every continent. Many of these efforts fed the top500 list, including some that made the top 5. After leading the HPC organization in Asia for a hardware maker, Brendan joined Amazon in 2014 when it became clear to him that cloud would become the exceptional computing tool the global research & engineering community needed to bring forward the discoveries that would change the world for us all. He holds a degree in Physics and an interest in testing several of its laws as they apply to bicycles. This has frequently resulted in hospitalization. He is based in London.