Prof Mark Parsons

Associate Dean for e-Research


Prof Mark Parsons is the Associate Dean for e-Research within the College of Science & Engineering. In this role he provides advice and guidance to the College and University on all aspects of modern research infrastructures with a particular focus on high performance computing and data analytics.

He joined EPCC, the supercomputing centre at The University of Edinburgh, in 1994 as a software developer working on several industrial contracts following a PhD in Particle Physics undertaken on the LEP accelerator at CERN in Geneva. In 1997 he became the Centre’s Commercial Manager and subsequently its Commercial Director. Today, in addition to his Associate Dean role,  he is EPCC’s Director.

He has many interests in distributed computing ranging from its industrial use, he leads the FORTISSIMO projects,  to the provision of pan-European HPC services through the PRACE Research Infrastructure. His research interests include Exascale computing and novel hardware design with a particular focus on extreme I/O.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate Dean for e-Research

EPCC Director