II am currently a Director of the Cloud Computing Research Engagements project called Azure for Research. This activity is part of Microsoft Research Connections.
Microsoft Research Connections, a division of Microsoft Research and Microsoft, supports computer scientists and scientific researchers in academia who dream the impossible—inventing a better world one idea at a time. This team collaborates with the world's top academic researchers and institutions to develop technologies that fuel data-intensive scientific research to help solve some of the most urgent global challenges.
My previous roles at Microsoft include directing research in the Cloud Computing Research Group and the Extreme Computing Group. Prior to that I was a professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and the Science Director for the Indiana Pervasive Technology Labs and, for seven years, Chair of the Department of Computer Science. My research interests include large-scale cyberinfrastructure, programming systems and tools, distributed computing, computer networks, parallel programming, computational science, problem solving environments and performance analysis of Grid and MPP systems. I led the DARPA HPC++ project and I was one of the architects of the Department of Energy SciDAC Common Software Component Architecture (CCA). I was a partner in the NSF Computational Cosmology Grand Challenge project, the NSF Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery and the NCSA Alliance. I served on the steering committee of the GGF, now the Open Grid Forum and the Executive Steering Committee of the NSF Teragrid where I managed the TeraGrid Science Advisory Board. I was the Program Chair for the IEEE 2002 High Performance Distributed Computing Conference, the General Chair of the 1998 International Symposium on Scientific Object Oriented Programming Environments and the 2000 ACM Java Grande Conference, and Program Chair for the 1997 ACM International Conference on Supercomputing as well as the 1995 IEEE Frontiers of Massively Parallel Processing. I was the Program Chair for the International Grid Conference, Barcelona, 2006 and co-chair of the 2008 IEEE e-Science Conference. While I was Chair of the Computer Science Department at Indiana University, I led the team that designed the University’s new School of Informatics. For that effort I was given the School’s Hermes Award in 2006. I have published over 100 refereed articles and co-edited 3 books. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1980 after receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.
- Dennis Gannon, Dan Fay, Daron Green, Wenming Ye, and kenji takeda, Science in the Cloud: Lessons from Three Years of Research Projects on Microsoft Azure, April 2014
- Ignacio Blanquer Blanquer, Goetz Brasche, Jacek Cala, Dennis Gannon, Hugo Hiden, Hakan Soncu, Kenji Takeda, Andrés Tomás, and Simon Woodman, Supporting NGS Pipelines in the cloud, in EMBnet.journal, EMBNet, May 2013
- Daniel Reed, Dennis Gannon, and James Larus, Imagining the Future: Thoughts on Computing, in IEEE Computer, vol. 45, no. 1, IEEE Computer Society, January 2012
- Tony Hey, Dennis Gannon, and Jim Pinkelman, The Future of Data-Intensive Science, in IEEE Computer, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 81-82, IEEE Computer Society, 2012
- Roger Barga, Dennis Gannon, and Daniel Reed, The Client and the Cloud: Democratizing Research Computing, in IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Computer Society, 2011
- Xiaohong Qiu, Jaliya Ekanayake, Scott Beason, Thilina Gunarathne, Geoffrey Fox, Roger Barga, and Dennis Gannon, Cloud Technologies for Bioinformatics Applications, in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, TPDSSI-2010-01-0021, IEEE, September 2010
- James Larus and Dennis Gannon, Multicore Computing and Scientific Discovery, in The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, Microsoft Research, 2010
- Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Yogesh Simmhan, Roger Barga, Laszlo Dobos, Jim Heasley, Conrad Holmberg, Nolan Li, Michael Shipway, Alexander S. Szalay, Catharine van Ingen, and Sue Werner, Pan-STARRS: Learning to Ride the Data Tsunami, in Microsoft eScience Workshop, December 2008
- Yogesh L. Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon, Query capabilities of the Karma provenance framework, in Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 441–451, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, UK, April 2008
- Yogesh L. Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon, Karma2: Provenance Management for Data-Driven Workflows, in International Journal of Web Services Research (JWSR), vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1–22, IGI Publishing, Hershey, PA, USA, April 2008
- Dennis Gannon, Beth Plale, Marcus Christie, Yi Huang, Scott Jensen, Ning Liu, Suresh Marru, Sangmi Lee Pallickara, Srinath Perera, Satoshi Shirasuna, Yogesh Simmhan, Aleksander Slominski, Yiming Sun, and Nithya Vijayakumar, Building e-Science Portals: A Service Oriented Architecture, in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Grids in Action, vol. 16, pp. 149-166, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 2008
- Dennis Gannon, Beth Plale, Suresh Marru, Gopi Kandaswamy, Yogesh Simmhan, and Satoshi Shirasuna, Dynamic, Adaptive Workﬂows for Mesoscale Meteorology, in Workflows for eScience: Scientific Workflows for Grids, pp. 126–142, Springer Verlag, 2007
- Yogesh L. Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon, Towards a Quality Model for Effective Data Selection in Collaboratories, in International Conference on Data Engineering Workshops (ICDEW) – Scientific Workflows and Dataflows (SciFlow), IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, April 2006
- Yogesh L. Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon, A Framework for Collecting Provenance in Data-Centric Scientific Workflows, in IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS), Chicago, IL, January 2006
- Yogesh L. Simmhan, Beth Plale, Dennis Gannon, and Suresh Marru, Performance Evaluation of the Karma Provenance Framework for Scientific Workflows, in International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW), Springer, Berlin, Germany, 2006
- Yogesh Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon, A Survey of Data Provenance in e-Science, in SIGMOD Record, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 31–36, ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, September 2005
- Dennis Gannon, Beth Plale, Marcus Christie, Liang Fang, Yi Huang, Scott Jensen, Gopi Kandaswamy, Suresh Marru, Sangmi Lee Pallickara, Satoshi Shirasuna, Yogesh Simmhan, Aleksander Slominski, and Yiming Sun, Service Oriented Architectures for Science Gateways on Grid Systems, in International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2005
- Sriram Krishnan, Randall Bramley, Dennis Gannon, Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Madhusudhan Govindaraju, Aleksander Slominski, Yogesh Simmhan, Jay Alameda, Richard Alkire, Timothy Drews, and Eric Webb, The XCAT Science Portal, in Scientific Programming, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 303–317, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 2002
- Dennis Gannon, Randall Bramley, Geoffrey Fox, Shava Smallen, Al Rossi, Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Felipe Bertrand, Kenneth Chiu, Matt Farrellee, Madhusudhan Govindaraju, Sriram Krishnan, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Yogesh Simmhan, Aleksander Slominski, Yu Ma, Caroline Olariu, and Nicolas Rey-Cenvaz, Programming the Grid: Distributed Software Components, P2P and Grid Web Services for Scientific Applications, in Cluster Computing, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 325–336, Springer, Netherlands, July 2002