James heads up the technology practice for witnix after retiring early from his senior role at Harvard University in the summer of 2017. Since retiring, and when not working with partners on advanced technology James also helps out with market development at Michele Clamp Art LLC (“probably the best watercolors in the world”). James also briefly wrote a few long form technical articles at The Next Platform about the complexity of practical computational balance and some targeted pieces about the crossover of AI and HPC.
James spent over a decade at Harvard, and was most recently appointed as Distinguished Engineer and Assistant Dean for Research Computing. At the start of his time at Harvard there was no recognized central computing facility, however by the time he retired, there were over 100,000 CPU and 35 petabytes of storage with tens of millions of dollars in annual operating budget that fell under his direct management.
Prior to Harvard, James devised and ran the Applied Production Systems Group at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. While in the UK, James created the high performance computing infrastructure for Ensembl at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the EBI. James holds a D. Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University, and a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from Manchester University.
James loves to understand the complexity and scale of modern advanced computing and when not deep inside a system or pipeline he can often be found running around the hills in Marlborough MA. As much as he loves technology, James doesn’t really care much for the hills.
You can contact James directly at email@example.com, or follow him on twitter @jamesdotcuff, and on LinkedIn.