Hi, I'm Tom and I am a Computer Science PhD student at Newcastle University.

My CV in a paragraph: I have a degree in Rocket Science ( yes really), a Masters degree in Audio Acoustics, 7 years experience as an Acoustic Consultant, a Masters degree in Computer Science, I was accepted onto the inaugural year of Newcastle University's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cloud Computing for Big Data and in 2018 I spent 4 months working at Twitter to apply my research to their stream processing platform.

I am now in the final year of my PhD, after completing a PGDip in Cloud Computing for Big Data. My PhD research is focused on modelling distributed stream processing systems. These systems, such as Apache Storm and Twitter Heron, can perform operations of vast amounts of data arriving in real time such as the billions of Tweets and associated events that are issued every day. The aim is to improve the way in which these systems add/remove resources and reconfigure themselves to meet changing demand (auto-scale). More details can be found on the PhD page.

As well as my research I run the local Python user group (Python North East), work on a few other projects and I still like to mess around writing fiction from time to time.

Recent Posts

18 Jul 2018

During my internship with Twitter's Real Time Compute team I created a service that would allow incoming traffic levels to a topology to be predicted and the performance effect of that traffic level on the topology assessed. The code for this service, called Caladrius, has just been open sourced!

Starting My Twitter Internship
20 Mar 2018

Yesterday I started my internship with the Real Time Compute team at Twitter! I will be working to apply the findings of my performance modelling research of Apache Storm topologies to Twitter's Heron system.

Twitter Heron and Dhalion
01 Jul 2017

Two recent papers have given more detail on Heron (the successor to Storm). I am hoping my work on Storm can transfer to Heron and particularly Dhalion, the newly proposed auto-scaling system for Heron.

Python North East - The Next Generation
01 Mar 2017

This month I officially take the reins of the Python North East user group. Myself and Scott Walton are taking over from Rowan Hargreaves and Kieran Darcy's fine stewardship.