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- Why did you decide to become a scientist?
I like the challenges in solving problems and creating software to solve problems is the greatest of all.
- What excites you about working in this area of science and technology?
I moved between various areas of science from Theory to Experiment and then to Computation. Being able to attest experimental results and verify theoretical assumptions by the means of computational modelling is a good place to be, some call it a virtual lab.
- What do you love about working for the Hartree Centre/SCD in this field?
Every day is a new challenge.
- What three words would you use to describe the Hartree Centre/SCD to someone outside of STFC?
Scientific technologies hand in hand with business ideas leading to industrial advancement.
- What difference does HPC/big data make to the world around us?
HPC/big data bringing sense by machine learning (not an exact solution) to the end customer from the huge volume of information our world is and will be oversaturated by.
- What are the biggest challenges facing HPC and/or big data?
Limitation of resources – available energy, CPU speed and density and interconnect communication speed but most importantly people to devise algorithms to solve problems exactly.
- What has been the best part of your career so far?
Yet to come.
- Share something you have learned that could benefit your peers (a fact, a skill, an insight).
It takes about a quarter of a century to produce a specialist in the area of science and software engineering whereas it takes only 18 months to produce and tune a new supercomputer. It is the slower rate that dominates our ability to solve scientific problems.
- Why should other people apply to work for the Hartree Centre/SCD?
A great opportunity to work with great people on emerging novel technologies to address great challenges.
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