Konstantinos Iliakis received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. In his diploma thesis he designed and implemented a novel MapReduce runtime for shared-memory multi-/many-cores that managed to relax the synchronization between the map and reduce phases. He is now pursuing his PhD in the area of Computer Architecture, under the supervision of the Associate Professor Dr. D. Soudris (MicroLab, ECE, NTUA) and Dr. H. Timko (CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland). His research interests include the fields of high performance computing, parallel and distributed systems, approximate computing, and GPGPU architectures. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and building pet Arduino/ RasPi projects. He is currently working on the efficient scale-out of the beam dynamics simulator BLonD, developed for the purposes of CERN.