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Dirk Pleiter is research group leader at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Regensburg since 2011. At JSC he is leading the work on application oriented technology development. Dirk Pleiter received his PhD in physics from the Free University of Berlin in 2000. He then joined the John-von-Neumann Institute for Computing as a PostDoc and later became research staff member at the particle accelerator laboratory Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). At JSC Dirk Pleiter is head of the Exacale Innovation Lab, a joined exascale lab with IBM, and the NVIDIA Application Lab at Juelich. He is also involved in the following projects: BGAS, Human Brain Project, ILDG, PRACE-3IP, QPACE II, SKA Science Data Processor.