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Associate Professor at the Parallel and Distributed Systems Group of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), Delft University of Technology


Full Professor of Decentralized Distributed Systems at the System Architecture and Networking Group of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Dick H.J. Epema obtained an MSc in mathematics with a minor in Spanish in 1979, and a PhD in mathematics (algebraic geometry) in 1983, both from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 1988 he also obtained an MSc in computer science from Delft University of Technology.

Currently he is an associate professor in the Parallel and Distributed Systems Group of Delft University of Technology. Since September 2011, he is also a full professor in Decentralized Distributed Systems in the System Architecture and Networking group of Eindhoven University of Technology.

His research interests are in the areas of performance analysis and distributed systems in general, and in grids and clouds, and in peer-to-peer systems and online social networks in particular. In performance analysis, he has investigated many different types of priority and fair queuing systems, ranging from theoretical single-server queuing models to the decay-usage scheduling policy in UNIX multiprocessors. 

In the area of grids and clouds, his focus has been on resource management and scheduling, both from a theoretical perspective and from a design and experimental point of view. An important topic has been processor co-allocation, that is, the distribution of a single (parallel) applications across multiple clusters. His grid research centrers around the KOALA grid scheduler, which has been deployed on the DAS system and that has processor co-alllocation as one of its main features.

In the area of peer-to-peer systems and online social networks, his research is on all aspects of video distribution (recorded, live, and VoD) in swarm-based P2P systems and in reputation mechanisms, and is part of the research and development of the Tribler P2P system.

Dick Epema has obtained many research grants from NWO, the EU, and the Dutch government (BSIK, COMMIT). He was involved in the VL-e (grid computing) and I-Share/Freeband (virtual communities in the Internet and P2P computing) BSIK projects, and participates in the Infrastructure Virtualization for e-Science project of the Dutch national COMMIT program. He has authored over 100 scientific papers, and has been on numerous program committees in grids, clouds, and P2P computing. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He was General Co-Chair of the EuroPar2009 and the IEEE P2P 2010 conferences, and he was General Chair of the 21st ACM Symp. on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing in 2012. He is General Chair of the 13th IEEE/ACM Symp. on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid2013, May 13-16, 2013), and he is Program Committee Co-Chair of the 22nd ACM Symp. on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing.