I am a Senior Researcher at INFN (Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics), currently working in Pisa. I have a PhD in Particle Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore, and I spent the last 20 years working mostly on High Energy Physics experiments at CERN, initially at LEP (Large Electron Positron Collider) and now at LHC (Large Hadron Collider).
With time, I moved my interests from pure physics research, to the design, construction and operations of large computing systems. I am currently CMS (one of the two LHC experiments discovering the Higgs Boson in 2012) Offline and Computing coordinator, responsible for all the software and computing related issues.
I am in charge of the realization and maintenance of the software stacks needed by CMS (> 5 Million lines of code, > 400 developers), now and for the future. I am coordinating the CMS distributed computing infrastructure operating under the WLCG (Worldwide LHC Computing GRID) umbrella, with > 70 nodes installed and operating today ~ 300.000 computing cores and half an Exabyte of storage. At italian level, I am part of the INFN Computing management, and involved in projects with PRACE and the other realities in computing at national scale. I am INFN PI for the H2020 Project ESCAPE, after having participated to INDIGO-DataCloud and EOSC-Hub. In INFN, I work on the Infrastructure Working Group which analyzes and proposes the deployment and the governing of distributed computing centers in Italy. I am part of the Science Europe Working Group on "Data Sharing and Supporting Infrastructures".