Ryan Quick has experience in academia, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and government. Most recently, he headed the PayPal Advanced Technology Group -- responsible for PayPal's high performance computing environments and their specialized computing services and configurations for optimized computational workloads. Ryan is an expert at scale-out systems, UNIX kernel design and profiling, and has been recognized for innovation in hardware and application design, and in messaging ontology and distributed event-driven systems. His current efforts bring machine learning, real-time streaming, set-selection, and digital signal processing technologies to bear on predictive analytics to provide self-healing for command and control systems.
Ryan received degrees in English and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and went on to study American Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. His lifelong hobby of working with computers provided a means to support himself through college and he has been a part of the Internet and Linux communities since the early 1990s. He focused on distributed systems for the last 25 years, with special attention to the interaction between applications, operating systems, and the hardware and networks underlying them. Ryan holds patents for messaging middleware systems, and is a pioneer in bridging High-Performance Computing technologies with enterprise best-practice infrastructure. His most recent work in leveraging HPC concepts for real-time analytics with his colleague Arno Kolster have garnered provisional patents, IDC HPC Innovation awards (SC12, SC14), and HPCWire Reader’s Choice awards.
He credits his liberal arts background with his unique (and sometimes controversial) approach to distributed computing systems, recognizing that there are many ways to solve problems and that malleability in design and approach sharpen the final implementation. Liberal arts problem-solving encourages reaching far afield for inspiration--a skill he considers invaluable for cutting-edge computer engineering. His past technical experience in health care, higher education, network security, e-commerce, and finance provide a breadth of industry experience and perspective to a variety of problems.
Ryan can be found fishing and birding in good weather, and playing hobby board games when it’s not. As an active Mormon, he spends much time in his responsibilities for religious education in his local congregation. He has lectured on subjects as varied as database sharding, stream analytics, world religions, and Judeo-Christian hagiography for universities, conferences, and religious institutions.
Location: Washington, DC