Scientific Computing using Windows Azure


May 19, 2011


Dr. Steven Johnston and Prof. Simon Cox, Microsoft Institute for HPC, Computational Engineering, and Design; Faculty of Engineering and the Environment; University of Southampton, deliver this presentation at the 2011 Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit. This session was part of the Cloud Computing in eScience research track at the summit.


Simon Cox and Steven Johnston

Simon J. Cox is Professor of Computational Methods in the Computational Engineering Design Research Group (CED) Group within the School of Engineering Sciences (SES), which was awarded a grade 5* in the 2001 national assessment of research in UK universities. He is technical director of the Southampton Regional e-Science Centre. He has a doctorate in Electronics and Computer Science, first class degrees in Maths and Physics and currently holds over £6M in research grants and industrial sponsorship (funding from EPSRC, DTI, NERC, BBRSC, Microsoft, and Intel). He has published over 60 papers and regularly speaks at prestigious conferences.

He currently heads a team of 30 PGs and RAs in the CED Group that is applying and developing high performance computing in a variety of collaborative interdisciplinary computational science and engineering projects. These include computational electromagnetics (which has led to a successful spin-off company), applied computational algorithms, commercial distributed computing, and the Grid /e-Science (applying large-scale databases in science and engineering; web services/ W3C protocols; and Globus / Condor). He was involved for over 4 years with the Soton HPC Initiative Centre and recently led the technical procurement for the University’s new 500 node supercomputer. He is currently PI for the £2.8M EPSRC e-Science application testbed project “Grid Enabled Optimisation and Design Search (Geodise)”, which involves the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Manchester along with seven industrial collaborators. He has international research collaborations with the University of Wisconsin (developers of Condor). He sits on the EPSRC Technology Watch Panel, UK DTI IAP Grid task force, Microsoft UK Strategic Architect’s Forum, and on the Applications Working Group of the Global Grid Forum.