Nick Wright is the advanced technologies group lead and the NERSC chief architect. He focuses upon evaluating future technologies for potential application in scientific computing. He led the effort to optimize the architecture of the Perlmutter machine, the first NERSC platform designed to meet needs of both large scale simulation and data analysis from experimental facilities. Before moving to NERSC, he was a member of the Performance Modelling and Characterization (PMaC) group at the San Diego Supercomputing Center. He earned both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in chemistry at the University of Durham in England.