8 - 9 March 2016

Brussels, Belgium

Alan Sill, OGF

VP Standards, OGF & Texas Tech University, US

Alan Sill
Dr. Alan Sill is currently Senior Scientist at the Texas Tech University High Performance Computing Center and serves as Vice President of Standards for the Open Grid Forum (http://www.ogf.org/standards/). He previously led the development team for the Texas Internet Grid for Research and Education (TIGRE) from 2005 to 2007, and was one of the primary organizers state-wide for TIGRE. In the course of his research, he has served on a variety of international standards bodies, including working groups on grid security, middleware development, authentication and authorization, and remote collaboration, and was a charter member of The Americas Grid Policy Management Authority, the arm of the International Grid Trust Federation responsible for grid credential authorities for North, South and Central America.

Dr. Sill has coordinated large-scale software development projects for grid and distributed computing for the past three decades, including database and data access systems for high energy physics experiments and creation of large-scale, multi-user computational resources for such experiments. He earned his Bachelors degree from Lewis and Clark College in Physics and Mathematics in 1977 and his Ph.D in Particle Physics from The American University in 1987 after a brief period at Rockwell International. He was a Research Associate, Senior Research Associate and Texas National Laboratory Research Commission SSC National Fellow at the University of Rochester from 1986-1992, where his work focused on high energy physics and computational development topics at the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics in Japan, the Superconducting Super Collider design project and the Collider Detector at Fermilab in the USA.
Dr. Sill came to Texas Tech in 1992 as Assistant Professor of Physics, and held a series of positions in the Physics Department up through Research Professor before joining the TTU High Performance Computing Center in 2005. His research during this period spans a large range of topics in high energy particle physics, scientific computing, and cosmic ray and collider detector development. Dr. Sill was involved in the early stages of the formation of the Open Science Grid (OSG) and in distributed computing and detector development for the Collider Detector at Fermilab, and has since been involved in many advanced computing development projects. He is an author on over 340 publications covering topics in scientific computing development, particle and nuclear physics, radioisotope analysis and cosmic ray physics. He has also been a Guest Scientist in the Computing Division at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (1992-1993 and 1999), a visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1998 and 1999, joint with Fermilab), a visiting researcher at the University of Glasgow (2002) and a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Chicago Enrico Fermi Institute (2005). He is a past member of the AMY, ACCESS and CDF collaborations, and a current member of the CMS and DREAM experimental teams at The European Organization for Nuclear Physics (CERN).

Dr. Sill participated in the formation of the Open Science Grid, TIGRE, Petroleum Engineering Grid (PEGrid) and Southeastern Universities Research Association SURAgrid projects and played a strong role in may related scientific cloud and grid development efforts. His hobbies include climbing and hiking, outdoor pursuits and observational astronomy.

Alan Sill at Cloudscape VII

Monday, 9 March 2015  17:15 - 18:00 "Around the world in 45 minutes" session, How the NSF is enabling a new future for Cloud computing

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