Dr Sadaf R. Alam is Chief Architect and Head of the HPC Operations at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland. Sadaf Alam studied computer science at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she received her Ph.D. in 2004. Until March 2009 she was a computer scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. At CSCS Sadaf Alam has been in charge of the unit operating HPC systems for the User Lab and external customers, for example, MeteoSwiss. the Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology. In her role as Chief Architect, she is responsible for ensuring the end-to-end integrity of HPC systems and storage solutions. Her research interests include development of tools and technologies for emerging computing, memory, network and storage technologies.