Contact Information

Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Research Staff Member
P.O. BOX 2008 MS6016, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Professional Preparation

Bob Jones University - Broadcast Engineering B.S., 1998


Most Valuable Professional – Windows Azure, Microsoft Corporation, October 2010

Research and Professional Experience

2009 – Present Research Staff Member, Computer Science and Mathematics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2000 – Present Solutions Architect, Planet Technologies
1999 – 2000 Technical Director, Conserve-A-Net Internet Services

Related Publications

1. R. E. Gillen, "Maximizing Throughput in Windows Azure", Proceedings of the Petascale Data Analytics on Clouds: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities Workshop (PDAC-10), New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2010.
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Related Talks and Presentations

Evaluation of Cloud Computing for Scientific Discovery, NASA Goddard, IT-Matters Cloud Day, Invited Speaker, November 2010.
Data and the Cloud: A Call for Improved Formats and Consistency in Data Services Supporting Scientific Research, Cloud Futures 2010, Microsoft Research, April 2010
Panel on Cloud Applications – New Experiences and Expectations, Cloud Futures 2010, Microsoft Research, April 2010
Windows Azure for Climate Analysis, Public Sector/Healthcare & Life Sciences Cloud Computing Showcase, Microsoft, November 2009.

Synergistic Activities

Mr. Gillen is co-PI (2009-Present) on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (Lab Directed R&D) effort to evaluate the role of cloud computing for scientific discovery.
Selected PC membership and reviewing activities: First International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2010), International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery Using Cloud and Distributed Computing Platforms (KDCloud, 2010), International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing (CGC2011).
Spent two years as a member of a Microsoft team developing tools and technologies for deployment of their products in large-scale Internet properties and telcos world-wide.
Designed an application provisioning environment using the Microsoft Provisioning System (MPS) for a service provider in Zurich, Switzerland. Besides platform architecture, provided hands-on training for their development and implementation teams.
Spent 6 years working with Microsoft and other vendors to enable large Internet properties to provide hosted platforms and services to their customers (raw compute, application hosting, service hosting, etc.)
Provided infrastructure guidance, provisioning code analysis, and production roll support for the deployment of a Windows-based hosting environment for the largest telco in Italy. Worked in conjunction with other industry leaders such as Microsoft, Avanade, Accenture and others to deliver a team-based approach to solving complex mobile delivery scenarios.
Supported the local Microsoft office in their working with one of the largest hosting companies in Germany to develop a provisioning solution that implemented SOA principles and scaled to support thousands of new customers daily.
Worked with many other service providers to develop and deliver hosted services since 2000. These providers were located around the globe (Japan, India, Germany, Italy, UK, US, Netherlands, etc.).


Scott Tucker (Planet Technologies), Steve Winter (Planet Technologies), Dan Nelson (Planet Technologies), Al Geist (ORNL), Sudharshan Vazhkudai (ORNL), Wade McNair (ORNL), Robert Patton (ORNL), Sethuraman Subbiah (NC State), Jonathan C. Rann (Winston-Salem State University).

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