Next Generation Systems and Cloud       


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Next Generation Systems and Cloud - Team members

Dr. Michael Johnston is Research Scientist and Manager of the Next Generation Systems team at IBM Research Ireland. His background is in High Performance Computing, application design, and computational biophysics and biochemistry.  He has worked closely with the Hartree Centre, IBM’s collaboration with the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), on a range of projects. His main focus is on providing frictionless access to complex analytics techniques to those who need them. To this end he has been developing the concept of "virtual experiments" and , since 2015, he has led a team of IBM researchers on this topic. He holds a PhD. in Computational Biophysics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. 




Dr Srikumar Venugopal is a Research Scientist in IBM Research, Ireland. His research interests lie in the area of cloud computing and large-scale distributed systems, specifically in the topics of middleware, resource management, and scalability. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences such as ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing, IEEE Cloud, and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from University of Melbourne, Australia.



Yiannis Gkoufas is a Research Software Engineer in IBM Research Ireland. He is an expert in analytics cloud platforms, big data runtimes and full-stack prototyping. He brings hands-on and architecting experience from national labs and government organizations positions. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Athens, Greece.

Michele Gazzetti is a Research Software Engineer in IBM Research Ireland. His work primarily targets large scale systems for the next generation of cloud datacenters. His interests relate to the design and optimization of distributed workloads, from middleware to management via virtualization and container technologies. He holds a Master in Computer Engineering (Distributed Systems) from the University of Bologna. He also received B.Sc. diploma in Computer Engineering from University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Dr Dimitris Syrivelis is a Senior Research Engineer in IBM Research Ireland. His work primarily targets vertical system support for next generation datacenters. Pushing forward the vision of Software Defined Infrastructures he is involved in projects that pursue solutions at the orchestration tools level, hypervisor level and reconfigurable hardware level. He is also involved in efforts that tailor applications to the cloud in order to increase their performance and availability. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (Operating Systems) from the University of Thessaly since 2009 and  B.Sc. diploma in Computer Engineering from Technical University of Crete since 2003.


Dr Vassilis Vassiliadis is a Research Scientist in IBM Research Ireland. He is an expert in Approximate and Unreliable Computing and has previously worked on programming models, runtime systems, and deep learning. His work focuses on runtime support for the execution of complex Workflows. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (Significance aware computing) from the University of Thessaly since 2017.

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Dr. Christian Pinto is a Research Scientist and member of the Next Generation Cloud and Systems team at IBM Research-Ireland since 2017. His research activities are focused on novel cloud computing paradigms and architectures and their impact at the operating system level. In the past he has been involved in research on virtualization, mostly applied to KVM, and parallel programming applied to multi and many-core computing systems. His interests include also a fascination about the low-level close-to-the-hardware building blocks of computing systems, and their interfaces with the Operating System. He holds a Ph.D. in Computers and Electronic Engineering from University of Bologna, received in 2015. He holds a M.Sc. from the same university (2010) and a B.Sc. from University of Catania (2017), both in Computers Engineering.


 Past Permanent Members


We have been lucky and honored to have worked with following past members of the team:

- Kostas Katrinis

- Andrea Reale

- Khalid Hasanov

- Mustafa Rafique

- Pierre Lemarinier

- Eugen Schenfeld

- Dilma da Silva

- Georgios Theodoropoulos

- Rolf Riesen

- Massimiliano Meneghin


PhD students & interns

Luca Chiossi
University of Bologna