Prof. dr. ir. Henri E. Bal, MAE
Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Sciences
Dept. of Computer Science, Computer Systems section
High Performance Distributed Computing group

Mailing address:
Faculty of Sciences
Dept. of Computer Science
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1111
1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands
I’m a full professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit, where I lead the High Performance Distributed Computing group. I also am the head of the Computer Systems section of the Department of Computer Science and chair of the Science Committee of the department. I am Scientific Director of the ASCI research school, Member of the  Academia Europeana and winner of the Euro-Par 2014 Achievement Award. I have been Program Chair of CCGrid and HPDC and PC member of numerous conferences, see my conferences page.


See the  High Performance Distributed Computing group for details on my research, past and current projects, and software systems like Orca, Ibis, and Swan.


For publications, see VU research portal or Google scholar


I am the coordinator of the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS) infrastructure of the ASCI research school



  • Introduction Computer Science (2019), see Canvas; Introductory slides are also here
  • Programming Large-scale Parallel Systems (2019), see Canvas
  • Practicum Parallel Programming (2019): see Canvas; you can do it either in Period 2 or 3. A kickoff meeting will be organized at the beginning of each period.
  • Research proposal preparation (PDCS only). In 2019, the meetings will be done by Henri Bal and Andy Tanenbaum. More information from last year’s course is available here.


The Awari work of John Romein and me has been selected in Pickover’s math book (and in its Dutch translation ) as one of 250 milestones in the history of mathematics


My CV is here