Jon Summers

Scientific Leader

Dr Jon Summers is currently the Scientific Leader in Data Centers at RISE SICS North in Sweden, a research institute that is focusing on research and development of Data Centres, from the ground to the cloud. Jon is also a senior academic from the Institute of Thermofluids in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds in the UK. During the last 20 years, he has worked on a number of government and industry funded reseach and development projects which have required different levels of computational modelling. From 1998 to 2017, having built and managed compute clusters to support many research projects, Jon was the chair of the High Performance Computing User Group at the University of Leeds and is no stranger to high performance computing having developed software that uses parallel computation. Applications of his computational skills have led to publications in the areas of heat transfer, process engineering, tribology, through to bioengineering and as diverse as dinosaur extinction. In the last six years Jon’s research has focused on a range of thermal management and energy flow projects within the Data Center, HVAC and industrial sectors. In 2013 Jon led a project with a Yorkshire based company that is pioneering total liquid cooling of IT, which went on to win the Facility Product Deployment category of the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards. Since early 2013 Jon has been involved in a number of liquid cooled IT research projects. Jon’s experience in leading the development of academic and scientific research within the data center sector has been invaluable in acquiring funded industrial research from data centers and their suppliers in addition to delivering an industry Joint Action Plan to the European Commission in late 2014 as part of a Framework 7 funded project. Since September 2017 Jon has taken up a research leadership position at a research institute in Sweden with a strong focus on holistic, “from the ground to the cloud” data center research and development.