Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna since 2018.
Director of Technology at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). 28 years of international experience in private and public environments related to distributed computing and communication technologies. He currently leads the Software Development and Distributed Systems department at CNAF, the INFN National Center dedicated to research and development on IT technologies, located in Bologna, Italy.
He was Project Coordinator of INDIGO-DataCloud, a 26-partners project funded with 11M€ by the EC Horizon2020 framework program targeted to multi-disciplinary scientific communities and to resource providers, running from 2015 to 2017. INDIGO-DataCloud developed innovative open source computing and storage solutions, deployable on heterogeneous, hybrid distributed infrastructures.
He was also part of the core team that prepared the EOSC-hub proposal, a project running from 1/1/2018 to 31/12/2020 led by EGI, EUDAT and INDIGO-DataCloud, involving more than 100 international partners, providing an integration and management system of the European Open Science Cloud. He is also a key player of two other European INDIGO-DataCloud follow-on projects, eXtreme-DataCloud and DEEP-Hybrid DataCloud.
He is member of the EGI Executive Board, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the German Helmoltz Federated IT Services (HIFIS) group of the Helmoltz Association, member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Italian distributed ReCaS infrastructure; he leads or participates to several national and international multi-disciplinary scientific or technology transfer projects and groups on distributed architectures. He is member of the INFN Scientific Computing Committee, head of the INFN Cloud Computing Working Group and is engaged with activities and collaborations with Universities, Public Administrations, research institutions and commercial companies through seminars, courses, lectures and joint programs. He teaches the course “Infrastructures for Big Data Processing” at the University of Bologna for the master degree in Bioinformatics and for the PhD degree in Data Science and Computation.
From 2005 to 2011 he was in charge of designing, implementing, starting up and managing the large computing farm installed at the INFN National Computing Center located at CNAF, Bologna, which currently counts about 18,000 CPU cores, 25 Petabytes of disk storage and 50 Petabytes of tape storage.
From 2003 to 2005 he was senior scientist at NIKHEF (Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica, the Dutch institute for research in Astro-Particle Physics) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He focused on distributed computing and in particular on Grid computing technologies, contributing to the management and development of the Dutch national computing center at NIKHEF/SARA.
From 2001 to 2003 he was Technical Manager of the Dutch Internet Team at COLT Telecom in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He contributed to the design and operational readiness of the COLT NL data center and to the definition and implementation of several commercial products involving data and IT managed services. He was also a member of the architectural group of the COLT Europe Internet Division.
From 1999 to 2001 he worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, USA. He chaired the SLAC networking group, focusing in particular on the optimization of the local networks, on network data transfer for physics experiments and on the evolution of wide-area high-speed data transmission technologies.
From 1991 to 1998, after getting his degree in Physics from the University of Bologna (1990), he worked at the INFN National Computing Center (CNAF) on networking technologies and on the design and development of distributed monitoring systems for the then-current DECnet, IP and X.25 networks used by INFN and by other Italian scientific communities. He represented INFN in several national and international working groups linked to the design and development of network communication protocols and distributed infrastructures. He was one of the designers and implementers of the Italian academic and research network (GARR), and was the architect and first manager of its Network Operations Center.