OLCF’s Ryan Adamson appointed group leader for OLCF’s newest group

Ryan Adamson has been appointed group leader of the OLCF’s HPC Core Ops. Image Credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL

Ryan Adamson, former senior high-performance computing (HPC) security engineer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), has been appointed group leader of the OLCF’s HPC Core Operations (HPC Core Ops) Group.

In his new role, Adamson will manage the teams responsible for handling the network, cybersecurity, and infrastructure at the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). These teams were reassigned from the OLCF’s former HPC Ops Group last fall when HPC Ops split into HPC Core Ops and HPC and Data Ops to address growing organizational priorities.

The change allows the groups to focus on separate subsets of the center’s operations, a necessary change as the OLCF grows its resource bank and expands into new computational territory. The OLCF is a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility housed at NCCS and located at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“I’ve been at the crux of a lot of architectural design decisions that were managed across the division, and I’ve been able to determine whether certain systems or data were possible to bring in, from a security standpoint,” Adamson, who also previously served as the cybersecurity team’s task lead, said. “In that sense, I’ve always been a sort of gatekeeper.”

Adamson will remain a “gatekeeper” as the HPC Core Ops group leader, leveraging his experience in operations, systems administration, and mathematics to lead the HPC Core Ops Group as NCCS continues to scale. He is particularly interested in solving larger organizational problems the OLCF may face as it acquires new systems.

“We need NCCS to be scalable as we continue to engage in collaborative projects,” Adamson said. “The creation of HPC Core Ops allows us to have a specific, dedicated group for the capabilities and tools that our center provides.”

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