Jones Research and Consulting supplements its permanent staff with contractor personnel. The flexibility of our contractor team allows us to leverage external expertise as specific problems are presented for solution. Key technical experts available to address challenging problems are listed below.
James Patton Jones
President & CEO, JRAC, Inc.
Co-Founder, Altair Grid Technologies, LLC
Founding Principal, Open4Definition.org
Executive Director, JoyfulBeing.org
An internationally recognized expert
in HPC workload management, batch job
scheduling, and Grid Computing, Mr. Jones
has contributed chapters to four textbooks,
authored six computer manuals, written 25+ technical
articles/papers, and published several non-technical
books. He served as co-architect of NASA's Metacenter
(prototype Computational Grid) and co-architect of the
Department of Defense MetaQueueing Grid, and assisted
with the implementation of both projects.
Mr. Jones managed the business aspects of the Portable
Batch System (PBS) team from 1997 thru 2000. (PBS is a
flexible workload management, batch queuing, and job
scheduling software system for computer clusters and
supercomputers. See also www.pbspro.com.) Mr. Jones
created the Veridian PBS Products Dept in 2000, and in
2003 spun-out the profitable business unit, co-founding
Altair Grid Technologies, the PBS software development
company. He then served in international and domestic
business development roles, growing the global PBS
customer base. In late 2005 Mr. Jones founded JRAC, Inc. in Newnan, Georgia,
focusing on HPC IT consulting, and custom application development.
With over 20 years in the computer software industry,
including eleven years experience in job scheduling and
distributed workload management, Mr. Jones is experienced
in technology communication and training, supercomputer
administration, systems analysis and management, project
design, management, and implementation, and is an
accomplished C programmer and web application developer.
Mr. Jones has been applying his software development skills to websites and web applications intermittently since 1994, and as his primary professional focus since 2005. He finds his distributed-application and high-performance computing experience gives him an edge in developing powerful, scalable, data-intensive websites, while maintaining a highly responsive user experience.
When not developing software or conducting research, Mr. Jones enjoys international travel, gardening, hiking, camping, photography, genealogy, and writing.
Download James' C.V. and Resume in PDF format.
Senior HPC Systems Analyst and Grid Expert
Ms. Utley is an information systems professional with 24
years experince in HPC systems analysis and administration,
including 12 years with HPC and Linux cluster integration.
Ms. Utley was co-lead for the NASA Metacenter project and
contributed significantly to the NASA Information Power Grid
(IPG) project. Her background combines computer technical
knowledge with the ability to evaluate a HPC environment and
apply sound technical solutions to meet requirements. Her
project management experience includes managing both local
and distributed virtual technical teams, and planning and
coordinating international workshops in grid technology
management. Ms. Utley was instrumental in launching the
commercial version of the Portable Batch System (PBS) in
business planning, marketing, sales, and technical consulting
working with both government and commercial customers.