Evan Burness is a Principal in the Specialized Computing division of Microsoft’s Azure. There, he drives strategic and architectural initiatives around high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure offered on the Azure Cloud, with a focus on application parallelism, network and I/O scalability, and scientific workflows. Evan leads Specialized Computing’s technology definition process with external vendors, developers, and platform partners.

Prior to joining Azure, Evan served as the Director of High-Performance Computing at Cycle Computing, and for eight years as the Program Management lead for the Private Sector Program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois driving HPC cluster architecture for services to industry clients.

He holds a MS in Technology Management from the University of Illinois, and BA in Public Policy from Duke University.
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