Universities are using cloud computing to enhance the student experience, improve outcomes, reduce costs, and accelerate time to research. Join us at this free event to learn how the AWS Cloud addresses the requirements of Higher Education.

Come learn about AWS across research and education and hear directly from Sheffield University and how they use AWS. In the afternoon, we will break into two focused tracks – Core IT or Research. Choose to learn more about IT operations and services or attend the Research track where you will get hands-on experience opening an AWS account and using the AWS console with public datasets.

Learn about best practices for deploying applications on AWS, optimising performance, monitoring cloud resources, driving efficiencies, reducing costs, and more. Whether it's big data, high performance computing (HPC), machine learning, or analysing live data, you will also have opportunities to meet AWS experts to have your technical and security questions answered.

9:30 Networking & Coffee ***don’t forget your laptops***
10:00 AWS Across Education & Research, Case Studies and Examples
Brendan Bouffler, WW Manager AWS Research Cloud, AWS 
11:00 AWS Educate Programme
Felix Manoharan, AWS
11:30 AWS & Sheffield University – Examples of how Sheffield is leveraging AWS – Sheffield University  
12:00 Hear how Rackspace delivers governance, security and innovation for Higher Education Central IT services to leverage AWS
Ian Hutchinson & Alex West, Rackspace
12:00 Lunch  
12:45 Breakout Session A) Research
Brendan Bouffler, 
WW Manager AWS Research Cloud, AWS
Breakout Session B) Core IT – The Art of the Possible
Matt Johnson, 
SA Public Sector UK, AWS 
13:45 Break  
14:00 Breakout Session A) Research
Wil Mayers,
HPC Software & Integration Services,
Alces Flight 
Breakout Session B) Core IT – The Art of the Possible
Matt Johnson, 
SA Public Sector UK, AWS 
15:00 Q&A – Hosted by AWS & Sheffield University   
Closing Remarks
Brendan Bouffler, WW Manager AWS Research Cloud, AWS
Brendan Bouffler

Based in London, Brendan Bouffler has 25 years of experience in the global tech industry creating very large systems in high performance environments. He has been responsible for designing and building hundreds of HPC systems for commercial enterprises as well as research and defence sectors all around the world and has quite a number of his efforts listed in the top500, including some that have placed in the top 5.
Brendan previously lead the HPC Organization in Asia for a hardware maker but joined Amazon in 2014 to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the scientific community globally, and is the author of the Research’s Handbook – the missing manual for research in AWS. He holds a degree in Physics and an interest in testing several of its laws as they apply to bicycles. This has frequently resulted in hospitalization.


Wil Mayers has 20 years experience in high-performance compute and storage systems having built large environments for UK government, University and commercial customers. He has worked for both corporates and SMEs, helping customers to optimise their scientific computing workflows across many different domains including engineering, bioinformatics, physics, media and finance. Wil holds a degree in Computer Science, Biochemistry and Artificial Intelligence from Durham University in the UK.

In 2010 Wil joined Alces Software, a software development and system integration company based in the UK. At Alces, Wil is responsible for building and delivering solutions for customers utilising wide a range of open-source and custom-developed software. Armed with its team of software developers Alces are rewriting the rule book on high-performance computing making it more approachable, scalable and accessible than ever before on platforms like AWS


Ian Hutchinson is the AWS Commercial & Alliance Manager at Rackspace and occupies a leadership role in the Fanatical Support for AWS business unit. He has a background in IT programme management defining IT strategy and delivering cloud transformation programmes.


Matt Johnson has more than 20 years of experience providing IT services to the UK public sector. As part of the UK Solutions Architects team at AWS, Matt is responsible for helping public sector customers and partners learn about and make best use of the range of cloud services available from AWS.

Prior to joining AWS Matt worked for Eduserv, a not-for-profit organisation providing services to the education and government. Matt has presented about the use of cloud within academia at a range of UK events, including Janet Networkshop, UCISA seminars, the National e-Infrastructure Service, and the RCUK Cloud Special Interest Group. Before working at Eduserv Matt was at CERN in Geneva, and holds a degree in Systems Analysis.


       20 April 2017

       09:30 - 15:45

        John Carr Design Suite (C29)
             Porobello Centre        
             Pitt Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET    

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