Sven Breuner decided early to focus on design and development of performance-critical parallel and distributed applications. He joined the Fraunhofer Competence Center for High Performance Computing in 2005, right after receiving his Bachelor degree in computer science with a thesis on process management on heterogeneous compute clusters. At Fraunhofer, he developed strong knowledge in storage systems, Linux kernel development and fast interconnects, which was the basis for his design of the architecture of the parallel file system BeeGFS. He subsequently lead the Fraunhofer BeeGFS development team for several years and managed its adoption at HPC centers around the globe. In 2008, he received a Master degree in computer science with a thesis on efficient distributed metadata management in parallel file systems. In 2014, he moved on to become the CEO of ThinkParQ, the new company behind BeeGFS.