Wolfgang Gentzsch is a veteran in the field of distributed computing. His main focus is on Grid and Cloud infrastructures and applications. He is the father of the Sun Grid Engine distributed workload management system, developed in the 90's in his software company Gridware (acquired by Sun in 2000).
Wolfgang is currently Strategic Advisor to the DEISA Project on Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, connecting the 15 most powerful supercomputers in Europe into one Supercomputing Grid for grand challenge applications, to enable big-science computer simulations. Before, from 2005 - 2008, he lead the German D-Grid Initiative, a $130 Mio national Grid Initiative, a joint research project uniting more than 100 German institutions and 500 scientists into a national research grid.
In 2004, Wolfgang became the managing director of MCNC in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, responsible for MCNC's Grid Computing & Networking Services, including the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), the N.C. BioGrid testbed, and the N.C. Statewide Grid.
Before, Wolfgang came from Sun Microsystems Inc., where he was the senior director for Grid Computing. It was a disruptive leap when in July 2000 Sun acquired his startup company, Gridware and the Grid Engine technology. Over the past 25 years, he has been with several startup companies (as founder, president, CEO, and CTO) and has even longer been an independent high-tech adventurer.
With a background in mathematics and physics (Aachen), leading to a Ph.D. (Darmstadt), in 1985, Wolfgang became a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany. From 2004 to 2008, he was also an associate professor of computer science at Duke and at NC State universities, and a visiting scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill. At the same time he worked as a consultant for high-tech software companies.
In the 1990s, Wolfgang founded several companies dealing with distributed computing technology and application: Genias Software, Genias Parallel Computing, Genias BeNeLux, Genias Internet, Genias Graphics, and Gridware. He has authored over 200 publications, from scientific papers to books, on topics ranging from mathematical algorithms and engineering applications to computer science.
For Wolfgang, "the Grid" is the Time Machine of the 21st century - an innovation that diminishes time and distance for mankind. Like the Steam Engine of the 19th century, which prompted the Industrial Revolution; or the Combustion Engine of the 20th century, which provided humankind with previously unimaginable flexibility, Wolfgang believes that the Grid Engine (providing access to distributed resources in Grids and Clouds) should now be considered a Time Machine for the 21st century, connecting people with unlimited resources for communication, collaboration, and computing, at their fingertips, on pay-per-use basis, regardless of geographic location or distances.