Keynote Speaker Spotlight – Jan van Eldik

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Jan van Eldik from CERN as a Keynote speaker

We are now able to announce that Jan van Eldik from CERN is one of the OpenStack Days Nordic 2017 Keynote Speakers. His talk last year got very high praise from the attendees so securing his contribution makes us very happy.

CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, and most famous for so-called “Higgs particle”. The Delphi experiment named above was one of the four main detectors of the Large Electron–Positron Collider (LEP) at CERN.

Jan van Eldik from CERN as a Keynote speaker



Tell us a little about yourself? Where do you live and work? What do you do in regards to OpenStack?

“I am trained as a high-energy physicist and worked on the Delphi experiment at CERN during the 1990’s. Some 15 years ago, I joined the CERN IT department, where I have worked on Infrastructure Monitoring, on Physica Data services, our Virtualization kiosk, and, for a few years, on our OpenStack Cloud service.”


What’s your favourite area/ project to work on in OpenStack? What’s your speciality?

“We deploy a large range of OpenStack components, including (but not limited to) Nova, Keystone, Cinder, Magnum, Neutron. To be able to do that, we rely heavily on the development teams, but equally on the teams that package the software, provide installation and operations guides, write documentation, maintain configuration tools, etc. As an operator, I am particularly grateful to these communities, and to contribute to this work is fun.”


What are your expectations on this OpenStack Days Nordic event?

“Meeting fellow OpenStackers is always a pleasure, and talking about CERN’s use cases and experiences often lead to great feedback. I am sure the OpenStack Days Nordic event will be no different in this respect!”


What do you think the audience will take away from your keynote session?

“I want to explain what computing challenges CERN faces, and how OpenStack is allowing us to meet them. In addition, I want to talk about our involvement in the OpenStack project and share out enthusiasm with you.”


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