Senior Scientific Engineer
John Villa is a Senior Scientific Engineer at BioTeam. John’s expertise is in high-performance computing systems (HPC) and the storage systems that support these infrastructures. John has supported research and scientific computing environments in various settings, including commercial, educational, and government organizations.
John enjoys mountain biking, weightlifting, pinball, and exploring the world with his bulldog.
John Villa is a Senior Scientific Engineer for BioTeam. John holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University and a BS in Computer Science from Pace University. John brings with him over twenty years of experience administering Linux-based systems. John’s expertise is in high-performance computing systems (HPC) and the storage systems that support these infrastructures. Before joining BioTeam, John was the Lead Systems Engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While at NASA, he actively maintained the Discover Supercomputing Cluster, an assembly of multiple Linux scalable units built on commodity components capable of nearly 6.8 petaflops, or 6,800 trillion floating-point operations per second. Other duties included administering the SAN and the GPFS filesystem, which make up Discover’s 90 petabyte parallel storage filesystem. Researchers at NASA were able to leverage this system to advance research in Climate Change and Global Warming. John was also the Lead Systems Engineer and the XSEDE Campus Champion at Columbia University. At Columbia University, he deployed and administered HPC clusters in a graduate-level research environment that supported multiple research disciplines from biology to statistics. John has proven his ability to enable research by deploying various technologies in various settings, including commercial, educational, and government organizations.