Mike Ashworth

Chief HPC Specialist

Dr Mike Ashworth is Chief HPC Specialist, a senior management role in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory. He provides leadership in evaluation and exploitation of new 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 has also developed a number of partnerships with leading hardware and software vendors.

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 has built up the Department’s environmental modelling presence from nothing to a thriving activity including securing funding for projects on the POLCOMS, NEMO and ICOM ocean models, the UM and WRF atmospheric codes and a seismic wave propagation code for earthquake studies.

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.

For 14 years Mike led the Application Performance Engineering (APE) Group which focuses 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’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.

  • computational science
  • parallel computing
  • parallel performance
  • software development tools
  • environmental modelling
  • ocean modelling
  • atmospheric modelling
  • seismic wave propagation
  • radio astronomy

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