Professor Mark Parsons is the Director of EPCC and holds a Personal Chair in High Performance Computing at the University of Edinburgh. His is also the Associate Dean for e-Research at the University. He has extensive experience and expertise in high-performance and data intensive computing and has led many large research and industry-focused projects in these areas. In particular, he is the Project Coordinator of NEXTGenIO project. He is currently the Chair of the Exascale Project Working Group, which is preparing the case for an exascale supercomputer in the United Kingdom.