Helmut Heller


Dr. Helmut Heller leads the Internet of Things (IoT) team at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ, part of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities). He holds a Ph.D. degree in theoretical biophysics from the Technical University of Munich (1993), but conducted his dissertation research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he designed, built, and programmed a 60 node parallel computer based on so-called transputers. This computer was then employed to simulate a lipid double layer with water caps (25,000 atoms) over several 100 pico seconds. At LRZ Dr. Heller worked in HPC, introduced grid computing with Globus (from these early efforts GridFTP is still in use at LRZ today), started the LRZ Compute Cloud, and is now helping domain scientists (mostly from agriculture or environmental sciences) to successfully employ IoT components for their data gathering.

Selected Projects and Collaborations

Selected R&D Interests

  • Employing cheap off the shelf IoT components and protocols for data gathering in science

  • Cloud computing

  • Grid computing

  • Parallel computing

Further Information and Contact

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