Erik Elmroth

Professor & Head of Department
Dept. Computing Science
Umeň University

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Erik Elmroth is Professor in Computing Science and Head of the Department of Computing Science at Umeň University.

He has established the Umeň University research on distributed systems, focusing on theory, algorithms, and systems for the autonomous management of ICT resources, spanning from individual servers to large scale cloud datacenters, federated clouds, highly distributed edge clouds, and software-defined infrastructures. Elmroth's research group participates frequently in large-scale national and international collaborations such as eSSENCE (a long-term Swedish strategic eScience collaboration), the EU FP7 and H2020 projects RESERVOIR, OPTIMIS, VISION Cloud, CACTOS, ORBIT, RECAP, and ACTiCLOUD, the EU networks ACROSS and AAPELE, as well as the local industry-focused ICT research within the UMIT research laboratory.

Elmroth is member of the Program Management Group of the 5.5 billion SEK Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) and leading the Umeň University activities in the program. He has also received two grants from the Kempe foundations, to fund 8 and 10 postdocs, respectively, in autonomous systems. A particular high-light is being the principal investigator for Cloud Control, which is a framework project funded by the Swedish Research Council, taking a control theoretic approach to fundamental problems for autonomous cloud datacenter management systems.

He is founder and chair of the Cloud Control Workshops series (

The current research extends on Elmroth's broad background in scientific and high-performance computing and extensive experience from organizing supercomputing infrastructures. He received the Nordea Scientific Award 2011. Pre-historic highlights include being co-winner of the SIAM Linear Algebra Prize 2000, for the most outstanding linear algebra publication world-wide (in any journal) during the preceding 3-year period.

Elmroth has extensive leadership experience, including being the Head and Deputy Head of the Department of Computing Science for more than ten years and being the Deputy Director for a national supercomputer center (HPC2N) for thirteen years.

Elmroth is member of the Swedish Royal Academy for Engineering Sciences and Vice Chair for its Division on Information Technology. Previously, he was the Chair of the Board of the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). He has also served as Chair of Swedish Research Council's (VR's) expert group on e-science infrastructures and as member of VR's Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI). He has been appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers for developing a Nordic eScience strategy and as a follow-up, a Nordic-Baltic eScience strategy as well as by SNIC for producing a national HPC strategy. He has held a three-year position as national HPC lecturer appointed by the Swedish Council for High Performance Computers (HPDR).

International experiences include a year at NERSC, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, and one semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.

Elmroth is co-founder of Elastisys AB.

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17th Cloud Control Workshop, June 16-18, 2020

Department of Computing Science
Umeå University