Profile summary

Key skills

• Management

• Networking & Consortia

• eScience Strategy

• High-Performance & Distributed Computing

• eScience Application Development

Dr. Frank Seinstra

Director eScience Program

Profile summary

Key skills

Management

Networking & Consortia

eScience Strategy

High-Performance & Distributed Computing

eScience Application Development

Frank studied Computer Science at VU University in Amsterdam, with a specialization in parallel computing. Frank’s PhD research (University of Amsterdam) focused on the design of a user transparent parallel programming model for multimedia computing. From 2003 to 2009, as Postdoc at the University of Amsterdam and VU University, he expanded his PhD-work to 'wall-socket' multi-cluster distributed computing, using the Ibis software system. In 2009, he became Assistant Professor at VU University and leader of the Jungle Computing Research & Applications group, focusing on the concurrent use of 'any type' of compute hardware in solving large-scale scientific problems. From 2009 to 2012, using the Jungle Computing paradigm, he led successful collaborations with many scientific domains, including computational astrophysics (Leiden University), climate modeling (Utrecht University), and remote sensing (University of Extremadura, Spain).

Frank has received several international awards (including a Most Visionary Research Award at AAAI 2007), and has won First Prizes in several international computing challenges (including IEEE SCALE 2008, IEEE DACH 2008, IEEE SCALE 2010). Frank has been a Steering Group Member of generations 3 and 4 of the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS), and organizer and general chair of the First International ComplexHPC Spring School on HPDC Middleware, Environments, and Tools (May 2011).

In May 2012 he joined NLeSC, where he supervises the development, implementation, and research of innovative eScience solutions in multidisciplinary research projects. Frank worked for nearly 15 years as a scientific researcher in the fields of High-Performance and Distributed Computing, and eScience. From 2009 to 2012, he was Assistant Professor at VU University in Amsterdam, and leader of the Jungle Computing Research & Applications group, focusing on the concurrent use of 'any type' of compute hardware in solving large-scale scientific problems. Frank’s work at the Netherlands eScience Center involves stimulating and developing new scientific ICT in partnership with academic and industrial project leaders and our team of eScience engineers. Frank is a strong advocate of applying (and re-using) the latest results of state-of-the-art ICT research in large-scale compute- and data-intensive problems in various scientific research areas.

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