Frederic Van Haren is a high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) expert. He enjoys designing complex solutions and building high performing architecture that positively impacts a company’s bottom line.
Called the Tech Forecaster, Van Haren has the unique ability to view an existing architecture, forecast issues the company will face, and quickly design a solution that’s efficient and impactful. As a consultant, Van Haren provides technical leadership and strategic direction to a variety of tech, telecommunications and speech companies as well as help companies move to the cloud.
Before launching HighFens, Van Haren built and led the HPC and AI environment at Nuance Communications. With an annual budget of $15 million, he developed a scalable environment for more than 500 researchers, grew from 10 desktops to 115+ racks of equipment, and regularly updated a variety of hardware -- with zero disruption to the business. Under his leadership, the company saw cost savings of more than 30 percent.
Van Haren also helped an IBM Watson team speed up the creation of a prototype and delivered a developer platform to facilitate research for more than 100 users. He was also instrumental in developing an HPC cluster for an IBM JDA and deployed 4X faster than the original vendor projection with a cost saving of 45 percent.
He has served as president of a variety of technology user groups, promoting the use of innovative technologies and is the founder of HPE 3PAR and MicroFocus Vertica.
Van Haren holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics and automation. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, he now lives in the Greater Boston area with his wife and four children.