Eric Boyd

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Eric Boyd is the Director of Research Networks at the University of Michigan. He leads the network operations, network engineering, and network software teams in the design, implementation, and operation of the campus network. He is responsible for the campus WiFi network, which includes over 12,500 access points campus-wide, and is expected to grow to over 15,000 access points by July, 2018. In addition, Eric works with research faculty in service to the research mission of the university and is co-lead of the open source perfSONAR project.

From 2002 to 2016, Dr. Boyd worked at Internet2 in a variety of positions, including Senior Director, Strategic Projects. While at Internet2, Dr. Boyd co-founded the widely deployed open source monitoring framework known as perfSONAR. During his nearly 15 years at Internet2, perfSONAR grew to become the global standard for network monitoring in the Research & Education community, with over 2,000 perfSONAR nodes deployed worldwide.

While at Internet2, Dr. Boyd also lead the development of the Open Exchange Software Suite (OESS) and FlowSpace Firewall (FSFW) by the GlobalNOC at Indiana University. OESS and FSFW served as the software underpinnings of the Internet2 Advanced Layer 2 Service (AL2S). Together, both software products formed the first nation-wide, OpenFlow deployment on a national network capable of network virtualization and have been used since 2012 to run the production Internet2 backbone service.

Dr. Boyd’s other efforts at Internet2 included leading development teams that built the OSCARS and DRAGON software suites (predecessors of OESS), and widely used performance tools such as BWCTL, OWAMP, and NDT.

At Internet2, Dr. Boyd was the PI for the DOE and NSF-funded perfSONAR workshop and Internet2 co chair of the Joint Techs program committee. Dr. Boyd was the PI for Internet2’s GENI-funded OpenFlow project (experimenting with OpenFlow on the backbone), Interne2’s NSF-funded DYNES (expanding the reach for the IDC circuit framework into Internet2-member regionals and campuses), Internet2’s NSF-funded IRIS project (developing perfSONAR software on the IRNC links) and Internet2’s NSF-funded DyGIR project (developing OSCARS/DRAGON software on the IRN links).  Dr. Boyd coordinated Internet2’s involvement with OGF and DICE, and oversaw Internet2’s ION, performance, transport, and information services Working Groups.

Dr. Boyd earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan, under the direction of Dr. Edward Davidson (now retired), writing his thesis on the “Performance Evaluation and Improvement of High Performance Architectures and Applications.” He served as an engineering principal in the Unix Groups of both Compaq/Digital and Hewlett-Packard writing advanced performance analysis tools for enterprise-class servers. He led the research and development group at SolidSpeed Networks, creating such products as a content delivery network, a distributed peer-to-peer website performance measuring system, and a software-based global load balancer.

Jeremy Hallum

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Jeremy Hallum is Research Computing Manager at ARC-TS, and also serves as liaison to the Medical School.

Jeremy is responsible for the following services:
  • Hadoop / Big Data
  • Yottabyte Research Cloud (Glove Box and databases)
  • Storage – Turbo, Osiris
Brock Palen

Brock Palen

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Brock started in research computing in 2004 and has experience in Linux dating to 2002. At ARC-TS, he is the Associate Director, responsible for implementing the overall strategy of research computing infrastructure. He also represents the University to the NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) as the Campus Champion.

Brock’s primary interests are in large scale infrastructure management, user and general public education and outreach, which he helps contribute to as one half of the podcast Research Computing and Engineering.

He holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the 2003 Michigan Solar Car Team.  He is also a member of the Great Lakes section of the American Nuclear Society, ACM SIG HPC, SIG HPC Education, and lifetime member of National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).