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Adam Barker

Dr Adam Barker

Research Fellow


University of St Andrews

Research summary

Many problems at the forefront of science require the integration of large-scale distributed data and computing. In order to meet the data storage and computing demands of data-intensive applications, scientists are increasingly relying on cloud computing services: large-scale outsourced computing leased to end-users via a pay-per-use model. Cloud computing is a well-understood industry paradigm, however the complexities of application deployment and management, as well as the lack of high-level programming interfaces are major barriers for scientists wanting to utilise the cloud for their research.

This collaborative Royal Society Industry Fellowship between the University of St Andrews and Cloudsoft Corporation is researching novel techniques that will allow scientists to simply and efficiently deploy, manage and optimise complex distributed scientific applications on the cloud. The project aims will be achieved by designing, implementing and evaluating a cloud brokerage framework, which can automatically compute the ‘optimal’ cloud provider and region in which to deploy scientific applications with complex dependencies between them. Optimal will be defined by a set of policies, specified as a high-level goal, e.g., maximum performance, minimum cost etc.

Dr Adam Barker is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, a Royal Society Industry Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Adam’s broader research interests concentrate on the effective engineering of large-scale distributed systems, covering areas such as cloud computing, big data infrastructure and data-intensive computing. For more information please refer to

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Bringing Science to the Cloud

Scheme: Industry Fellowship

Dates: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Value: £45,960

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