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Kyril Faenov

HPCwire's People to Watch 2010

Kyril Faenov

Kyril Faenov
General Manager of High Performance & Parallel Computing Technologies
Microsoft

Have you seen all the talent this guy has been amassing? — Dan Reed, Tony Hey, Burton Smith, plus quite a few other HPC luminaries. This is the year it’s all going to pay off.

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Kyril Faenov is an entrepreneur, technologist and executive with an 18 year track record of global impact in the high technology industry. Kyril’s aim is to build sustainable enterprises that deliver innovative, scalable solutions in the areas of scientific and technical computing, health and wellness, and education.

Kyril is a General Manager at Microsoft Corporation, leading the Technical Computing Group which encompasses Parallel Computing Platform and Windows HPC Server. Kyril founded the High Performance Computing business unit in 2004 and lead the development of Windows HPC Server product, world-wide industry and academic partnerships. His prior contributions at Microsoft include running the planning process for Windows Server 2008, co-founding a distributed systems project in the office of the CTO, driving cross-company strategic initiatives as a technical advisor to the Platforms Group Vice President, and developing the Network Load Balancing scale-out technology in Windows 2000.

Kyril joined Microsoft in 1998 as the result of acquisition of Valence Research, an Internet server clustering startup he co-founded and grew to profitability by securing MSN, Microsoft.com and some of the world’s other largest web sites as its clients. He was a principal technical member of two other parallel systems startups, as well as a software consultant to Intel on a variety of embedded and performance simulation projects.

Kyril holds BS and MS degrees in computer science with concentration in distributed systems and computational finance and an MBA in Technology Management. Kyril grew up in Moscow, Russia, where he trained with the Olympic Reserve swimming team and studied physics and mathematics. He now resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two daughters.

For the past 10 years Kyril has been active in Seattle entrepreneurship community as an angel investor and advisor to various early stage startups. Kyril is a member of the Alliance of Angels’ Screening Committee, Social Venture Partners organization, and advisory board of the UW Institute for Early Learning and Brain Sciences.

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