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Management Board

The Management Board is the decision-making body for the Supercomputing Wales programme with oversight of all its functions. The Board is Chaired by the Academic Director for Supercomputing Wales, Professor Roger Whitaker.

Board members include the academic lead and senior representative from each of the consortium universities, the Programme Manager and Technical Director.

Rafael Bargiela

Originally from Galicia (North West of Spain), Rafa studied Biological Science at the University of Vigo. Rafa moved to Madrid, where he gained a Master Degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Science in 2008 and worked as bioinformatician at the Center for Astrobiology (CAB-CSIC, Madrid) until December of 2010, studying the genomics of new extremophile microbes. From January 2011 to July 2017 Rafa worked at the Institute of Catalylsis (ICP-CSIC, Madrid). During this period he obtained a Master Degree in Microbiology and finish his PhD in Biological Science in 2016, focusing on the use of bioinformatics to study marine microbial communities from polluted sites affected by oil spills.

Ed Bennett

Originally from Swansea, Ed studied Physics at St Anne’s College, Oxford before gaining a PhD in Lattice Gauge Theory from Swansea University in 2013, focusing on Beyond the Standard Model physics and its application to performance characterisation of HPC systems. During this period, Ed interned at IBM Research, beginning development of the BSMBench HPC benchmark. Ed then held a series of postdoctoral positions at Swansea (both in Computer Science and Physics), working on topics related to image rendering and data visualisation, and in Nagoya, Japan, before returning to Swansea as a lecturer. Ed has taught programming and computational techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Gualtiero Colombo

Gualtiero (Walter) has a background in Structural Civil Engineering and Computing (Meta-Heuristics) and is experienced in interdisciplinary research. Since completing his PhD in 2008 in combinatorial optimization for wireless communication networks, his research activities have spanned diverse areas and evolved to include data analytics, complex networks, and social network analysis. More recently, his interests have focussed on the modelling and simulation of evolutionary agent-based models of group behaviour and cooperation for both humans and wireless networks. As a researcher, Walter has made significant contributions to several UK and internationally funded projects and research collaborations.

Michele Mesiti

Michele obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in May 2017, with a Thesis in numerical methods in lattice gauge field theories, working mostly in the realm of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) at finite temperature and density. During his studies, he participated in the development and optimization of a simulation package for Lattice QCD, written to run on clusters equipped with NVidia GPUs (and more architectures in the future), using C and OpenAcc for code portability. He is currently the main developer of said package. During his research activity, Michele also acquired experience in data analysis and visualization.

Sachin Nanavati

Sachin has more than 14 years of experience working in simulations and modelling, teaching and user support. In past, he has been involved in projects related to parallelisation of code based on KKR (Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker) approximation with in DFT, development of method to represent potentials in an efficient data structure, calculations of magneto-optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots, and image compression using wavelet transforms. Academically, Sachin holds a doctoral degree in Physics from University of Pune, India.

Ben Thorpe

Originally from West Yorkshire, Ben studied his undergraduate in Physics and masters in Solid state physics at the University of Hull. He then went on to intern in the electron microscopy group at Huddersfield University before undertaking his PhD at Swansea University. He has experience of Ensemble Monte Carlo simulations in both conventional III-V and Si nano-electronic devices and spintronic devices. His research interests include solid state physics, Spintronics, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and quantum control.

Aaron Owen

Aaron graduated from Bangor University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Computer Science. His thesis explored the use of genetic algorithms and high-performance computing to generate cryptographic keys. After completing his studies, Aaron held a software developer position at a financial software company, where he developed real-time invoicing and payment solutions, trained junior software developers and assisted in system architecture design. Aaron currently holds a RSE position at Bangor University, where he combines his expertise in programming with a detailed understanding of research in STEM sciences to translate research needs into high-performance computing applications.

Anna Price

Anna received her MPhys in Theoretical Physics at Swansea University in 2013 and has recently obtained her PhD in Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function Simulations of Phonon Scattering and Self-Heating in III-V Nanowire Field Effect Transistors at Swansea University in 2017. She has recently joined the Cardiff School of Biosciences where she will be using machine learning and data science to support research projects within biological and biomedical research.

Colin Sauze

Colin undertook a PhD in Biologically inspired power management for sailing robots at Aberystwyth University. Following his PhD, as a postdoc he worked in partnership with Airbus to his PhD work to unmanned aerial vehicles and motorised autonomous surface vehicles. He then went on to work for the Software Alliance Wales project where he helped local companies work on projects with undergraduate students and developed/taught courses on cybersecurity and software engineering for local companies. Most recently, he worked as Data Manager at the National Plant Phenomics Centre, Aberystwyth.

RSE Post

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Technical Team

Pan Wales:
Lead Engineer Ade Fewings

Swansea University:
Application Support Officer  
Tom Pritchard
Principal Systems Officers  Ian Morris

Cardiff University:
HEC System Engineer  Robert Munn

Research Software Engineers

The Research Software Engineers (RSEs) work with established research teams within the consortium universities to help deliver software engineering solutions and algorithms that harness multi-core computing for data-driven simulation, translating specific research needs into high performance computing applications, either by porting existing code or designing and developing new software from scratch, as appropriate for each specific problem.

Please refer to the Research section for details on the Supercomputing Wales Research Software Engineers.

Academic Leads

Cardiff University  Professor Roger Whitaker
Swansea University  Professor Biagio Lucini
Bangor University  Professor Jonathan Roberts
Aberystwyth University  Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar

Get in touch

Supercomputing Wales
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Cardiff University
Trevithick Building
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