Eric Greenwade

Technical Fellow, Coventry Computer

Eric Greenwade is technical fellow at Pattern Computer Inc., a startup in stealth mode, where he is responsible for PCI's data center, cloud strategy, pathfinding, university relations, Department of Energy labs relations, and competitive technical assessment.

Eric is a highly accomplished leader in the high-tech industry with global experience in strategic planning, solution architecture, product development, and partnership relations.

Eric specializes in bridging the gap between technical and business units to advance technology goals. He is adept at business analysis, technology evaluation, global communications, quality enhancement, requirements analysis, solution taxonomy definition, and technology education. He has broad expertise in hardware and software technologies. Prior to Coventry, Eric worked at Microsoft, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Idaho National Laboratory.

At Microsoft, Eric spent nine years as a principal architect and principal program manager. As a principal program manager, he owned the technical strategy for HPC verticals, including graphics processing unit (GPU) compute and remote visualization. He leveraged his extensive industry background and his ability to work effectively with senior executives, scientists, and administrators at customer and partner organizations to further Microsoft's cloud offerings. He acted as a bridge to the worldwide HPC and visualization communities to understand their needs and collaborated with product planning to identify and prioritize key market opportunities and thoroughly understand the requirements for the technical stack and workflows. Eric identified gaps in the current offering and wrote technical specifications and strategic recommendations.

As a principal architect, Eric worked closely with executives at world-leading technology firms to identify global business opportunities in relationship with both commercial and government policies for product development. He drove corporate strategies and initiatives while isolating and resolving critical issues across disjointed business units. He established relationships with silicon partners such as AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung. He monitored the silicon industry and developed strategies for future growth. He built and led technical task forces and coordinated large virtual teams, including distinguished engineers and technical fellows. He negotiated agreements, legal frameworks, and timelines; identified new product opportunities; assisted with product roadmap development; participated in executive reviews; and conducted long-range planning in areas such as parallelism, virtualization, networking, data management, security, graphics, and video.

At LLNL, Eric was the group lead for two independent groups at the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI). As a line manager for LLNL, he managed the computer scientists and math programmers, which supported the broad spectrum of JGI scientific and administrative software development activities. Simultaneously, he was a manager under Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for the Systems Operations group, which was responsible for all computing hardware and system software at the JGI. Other activities included defining new architectures for the JGI scientific computing and storage environments, targeting a 1,000-fold increase over existing capabilities. He also oversaw the initial deployments of new cluster computing systems and object-oriented, non-volume–based storage. Eric was responsible for the professional development and performance management of both LLNL and LBNL groups.

At Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Eric was an HPC architect and lab fellow and had a leadership role in nearly every HPC-related activity. He developed the requirements, obtained funding, and designed and implemented the INL's largest HPC asset, Idaho's first in the Top500 list. Eric created the architecture and acquired funding for, and initiated deployment of, NEGrid, a next-generation collaboration environment for distributed science teams providing strong intellectual property protection within a multi-program, shared system. He designed, captured funding for, and implemented the INL HPC Enclave, the laboratory's first advanced computing and collaboration environment specifically designed to support the INL science mission.

Eric is a graduate of Montana State University-Bozeman with an MS in Mathematics. He holds numerous patents as well as appearing in many publications, recently including:

  • Greenwade, L. 2012. Dynamic Functionality Partitioning. US Patent 2014063081, filed October 18, 2013, issued November 20, 2014.
  • Greenwade, L. 2012. Energy Management by Dynamic Functionality Partitioning. US Patent 2,884,885, filed October 18, 2013, issued April 24, 2014.
  • Greenwade, L. E., Secure Multiple Use of Grid Computing Resources, Invited Keynote, Latin American VIP Grid Summit, San Jose, Costa Rica, February 22, 2005.

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