Neil Davies is an expert in resolving the practical and theoretical challenges of large scale distributed and high-performance computing. He is a computer scientist, mathematician and hands-on software developer who builds rigorously engineered working systems or scalable demonstrators of new computing and networking concepts. Notably, he is an expert in scalability effects in large distributed systems, their operational quality, and how to manage their degradation gracefully under saturation and adverse operational conditions.
Throughout his 20-year career at the University of Bristol he was involved with early developments in networking, its protocols and their implementations. During this time he collaborated with organisations such as NATS, Nuclear Electric, HSE, ST Microelectronics and CERN, on issues relating to scalable performance and operational safety. He was also technical lead on several large EU Framework collaborations relating to high performance switching.
He co-founded Degree2 Innovations in 2000, commercialising network QoS research, and went on to found Predictable Network Solutions in 2003. He has worked on performance quality aspects of the Department of Defense's Future Combat Systems project, and has developed approaches to delivering consistent video telephony for sign language users over retail broadband. He is the co-author of several patent families.
His current interests are in collapsing the complexity of the deployment and management of large-scale infrastructures. He continues to mentor PhD candidates at CERN working with them on the performance aspects of data acquisition for the ATLAS experiment.