Gonzalo Merino

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CEO/Managing Director/Chief Executive
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Port d'Informació Científica (PIC)
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Gonzalo Merino is currently deputy director at PIC, a scientific-technological center in the Barcelona area in Spain that provides computing services to accelerate data-intensive research. From 2013 to 2018 he was computing manager for the Icecube neutrino telescope at he Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) at University of Wisconsin Madison. IceCube is a particle detector located at the South Pole that searches for neutrinos from astrophysical sources. WIPAC hosts the main Data Warehouse for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and and has primary responsibility for the whole data lifecycle of the experiment, from data taking and processing to archive and curation. From 2003 until 2013 Gonzalo Merino was Tier1 coordinator at PIC, the LHC Tier1 computing centre in Barcelona (Spain). The computing for the LHC relies on a large distributed computing infrastructure for handling the multi-Petabytes per year data generated by the experiments. The focus of this infrastructure is on federating resources in data centers around the world. Gonzalo Merino has a PhD in physics from the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona. He did his thesis in ALEPH, one of the four experiments at LEP, the former collider at CERN.

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