John W. Towns
ORG NLANR/DAST Title BIO John Towns is the Senior Associate Director for Scientific Computing at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is the Principal Investigator of the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR) Distributed Application Support Team (DAST) that works with researchers using high-performance network applications and assists in the development of distributed applications and tools. He is the primary NCSA coordinator of activities of the Partners for Advanced Computational Services, organizations within the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) that provide access to and support of distributed high-performance computing resources connected by high-performance networks. The Alliance is one of two partnerships funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program. Towns is the author of numerous papers and a frequent invited presenter on high-performance computing and enabling science and engineering in "Grid" contexts, collections of high-end distributed resources connected by high-performance networks. He received M.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and 1991 respectively and a B.S in Physics from the University of Missouri - Rolla in 1987.