Condos and Clouds

This is arguably one of the most useful presentations I’ve seen and can recommend. Note: Rated MA for language

Condos and Clouds – A LinkedIn Tech Talk by Pat Helland, Distributed Systems and Databases Architect [this description from the LinkedIn event page]

Over the last 100+ years, the way people design, build, and use buildings has evolved. It is now normal to construct a building without knowing in advance who will occupy the building. In addition, we increasingly have shared occupancy of our homes (apartments and condos), retail, and office space. To accomplish this change, the way we use the buildings has evolved. There is a new trust relationship, customs, and laws that establish the relationship between the occupants and the building managers. Recently, our industry has been moving to implement Cloud Computing. This has been very successful in some applications and very challenging in others. This talk posits that many of the challenges we’ve seen in cloud computing can be understood by looking at what has happened in buildings and their occupancy. Standardization, usage patterns, legal establishment of rights and responsibilities are all nascent in the area of cloud computing. We examine a very common pattern in the implementation of “software and a service” and propose ways in which this pattern may be better supported in a multi-tenant fashion.

Biography: Pat Helland has been working in distributed systems, transaction processing, databases, and similar areas since 1978. For most of the 1980s, he was the chief architect of Tandem Computers’ TMF (Transaction Monitoring Facility), which provided distributed transactions for the NonStop System. With the exception of a two-year stint at Amazon, Helland has worked at Microsoft Corporation since 1994 where he was the architect for Microsoft Transaction Server and SQL Service Broker. Until September, 2011, he was working on Cosmos, a distributed computation and storage system that provides back-end support for Bing. Pat recently relocated to San Francisco with his wife to be close to the grandchildren and to explore new opportunities in “Big Data” and/or “Cloud Computing”.

UbuntuNet Alliance Call for Articles for NUANCE its monthly e-newsletter

Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

  • News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
  • Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
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  • A photo that tells a story
  • Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure

Submissions should be sent to info@ubuntunet.net

You might want to do some research hereĀ http://www.internet2.edu/presentations/jt2012winter/

Call For Papers: The 10th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA 2012) Madrid, Spain, 10-13 July 2012

** Important Dates **

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Papers due: January, 15, 2012 Camera ready: April, 15 2012
Notification: March, 15 2012 Conference dates: July, 10-13, 2012

Context
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ISPA-12 follows the traditions of previous successful ISPA conferences, ISPA-03 (Aizu, Japan),
ISPA-04 (Hong Kong), ISPA-05 (Nanjing, China), ISPA-06 (Sorrento, Italy), ISPA-07 (Niagara Falls, Canada) and ISPA-08 (Sydney, Australia), ISPA-09 (Chengdu, China), ISPA-10 (Taipei, Taiwan), ISPA-11 (Busan, Korea).

The objective of ISPA 2012 is to provide a forum for scientists and engineers in academia and industry to exchange and discuss their experiences, new ideas, research results, and applications about all aspects of parallel and distributed computing and networking. It will feature session presentations, workshops, tutorials, and keynote speeches. ISPA-12 is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) and IEEE Computer Society.

Topics of interest
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* Parallel and Distributed Algorithms, and Applications.
* High-performance scientific and engineering computing.
* Building block processors: FPGA, multicore, GPU, SoC
* Architectures and Virtualization.
* Middleware and tools.
* Network and pervasive computing.
* Performance simulations, measurement, and evaluations.
* Reliability, fault tolerance, and security.
* Database, data mining, and data management.
* Virtualization techniques, tools, and applications.
* Parallel/distributed system architectures.
* Tools/environments for parallel/distributed software development.
* Novel parallel programming paradigms.
* Code generation and optimization.
* Compilers for parallel computers
* Distributed systems and applications.
* Wireless networks, mobile, and pervasive computing.
* Energy management and power optimization.
* Green Computing and Energy-aware computing.
* Grid and cluster computing.
* Cloud systems and services.
* Programming models for Cloud services and applications.
* Internet computing and web services.
* Database applications, data mining, and data management.
* Data intensive applications and Internet-Of-Things.
* IoT and Ubiquitous computing: application scenarios.

Submissions
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* Submissions should not exceed 8 pages in IEEE CS proceedings paper format, including tables and figures.

All paper submissions must represent original and unpublished work. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register for the conference and present the work. Submissions will be conducted electronically on the conference website.

Workshop proposals
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Please, submit workshop proposals (according to the guidelines available at ISPA-12 web site) before Nov, 15, 2011 to Prof. Florin Isaila (florin.isaila [at] uc3m.es) or Avery Ching (aching [at]
ece.northwestern.edu) with the subject “ISPA-12 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL”.

Journal publications
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Extended versions of distinguished selected papers accepted and presented in
ISPA 2012, after further revisions, will be published in issues of following
indexed international journals:

– Cluster computing, Springer.
– The Computer Journal, Oxford.
– Int. Journal of Parallel Programming, Springer.
– Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer.
– Computer & Electrical Engineering, Elsevier.