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(Original creator: JamesRodger)

I’ve been interested in large scale computing ever since I was introduced to it at the University of Southampton where the Computer Science department was heavily involved in Data Mining and Grid Computing research, which obviously influenced the courses on offer and what the lecturers liked to talk about. My dissertation looked at how these techniques could be applied to protein folding research, which generated much more data than could be handled effectively with the technologies available at the time. We are producing more and more data at an ever increasing rate each day, so these challenges are becoming relevant to more and more businesses and sectors. Of course things have moved on in recent years. The buzz words today are Cloud Computing and Big Data, evolutions on those older concepts that I’ve followed with great interest.