10 September 2010

Stig Skelboe is Project Leader for the ESS Data Centre

Professor Stig Skelboe, from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, has been appointed today as Project Leader for the ESS Data Centre, which will be located in Copenhagen. The Data Centre is a part of the planned European research facility ESS, European Spallation Source, which will be located in Lund. 
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a world-class large-scale multidisciplinary scientific research facility. The actual research facility will be built in Lund, Sweden, while the Data Centre will be located at Nørre Campus in Copenhagen.

"I am pleased to be able to announce today the appointment of Stig Skelboe as Project Leader of the Data Centre", says Colin Carlile, Director-General of ESS. "Data management and high performance computing are core businesses of large research facilities and the Data Centre will be a vital element in making the future science at ESS world-leading".

ESS is a European accelerator project, which will be the world’s most powerful neutron source for researching materials in the fields of physics, biology, health, the geosciences and engineering. Stig Skelboe will be in charge of the planning and building of the ESS Data Management, Computing and Software Centre (ESS DMSC). The Data Centre will be in charge of handling data from the ESS, will perform data analysis, as well as simulations of experiments and instruments and visualisations of experimental data.

"I am proud to be able to lead the construction of the ESS Data Centre. High performance computing is becoming an increasingly important tool for many scientific disciplines and this is arguably the most interesting project within this area in Scandinavia today", explains Stig Skelboe.

Across borders
The appointment of a Danish Project Leader for the Data Centre is also an important manifestation of the joint Danish-Swedish hosting of ESS and a symbol of cross-border nature of international scientific facilities.

Stig Skelboe will continue to be based at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. He is formerly the Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. As Scientific Director of UNI-C in the mid-1990s he was in charge of developing Danish high performance computing capabilities in research and education.

The Data Centre will provide 65 new jobs both in IT and what is called e-science, that is to say computer scientists, physicists and chemists, who will translate the data from the experiments into research.

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