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James Cuff on Computing’s Evolution and the Next Fascinating Challenge

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James Cuff summarizes his career over the past 25 years or so in the latest episode of Bio-IT World’s Trends from the Trenches podcast. He tells our host, BioTeam’s Stan Gloss, where he’s seen updates in the space and which things have fundamentally stayed the same. He also shares about the problem that’s been bugging him for the past five years and the new company he’s joined that could fix it.

James Cuff, Chief of Scientific Computing and Partnerships, GigaIO
James brings deep insights from the world of advanced computing following over twenty five years working in what he calls “practical supercomputing”. James initially built the computing infrastructure, and supported the teams who annotated the human genome at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Over the last decade, as Assistant Dean & Distinguished Engineer at Harvard, James built an internationally recognized research computing organization from scratch. During his tenure, he was responsible for green high performance computing data centers, peta-scale parallel storage systems, low-latency highly performant networks, and sophisticated fully integrated computing platforms. He led a large team of scientists and research computing experts to support and deliver computing to drive our world’s most complex and advanced scientific research forward.

James joined GigaIO as Chief of Scientific Computing and Partnerships in March of 2022 to further define, build and enhance the scientific strategy for their current, and next generation high performance composable computing platforms and services. James holds a degree in Chemistry from Manchester University and a doctorate in Molecular Biophysics with a focus on neural networks and protein structure prediction from Oxford University.



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