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About Dr. Enda O'Brien

Enda O'BrienEnda is the founder and director of Parallel Programming Services, which he runs from his office in Galway, Ireland.

He has Bachelors (1st class hons.) and Masters degrees in Mathematical Science from University College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Miami, Florida. After two years as a post-doctoral fellow at GFDL/Princeton University (where he worked with Dr. Isaac Held on geostrophic turbulence), he returned to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, where he taught and did research as an assistant professor of Meteorology for the next 6 years. During this academic phase of his career he published a dozen research papers in meteorological journals.

In 1996 he returned to Ireland to take up a job with Digital Equipment Corp. in their High-Performance Computing Expertise Center (HPCEC). He worked from the same desk and in very similar roles for three different multinationals, as Digital was acquired by Compaq, which in turn was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He left HP in 2005 to work as an independent high-performance computing consultant.

Enda has a huge range of experience in developing and optimizing parallel applications, especially numerical models of the atmosphere and ocean, but also commercial CFD, crash simulation, and chemistry codes.