HPDC Keynote and Invited Speakers

Advancing the Internet into the Future:  e-business on Demand

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM


The Internet is reaching a new stage.  Having been a superb IP network, then a marvelous communications tool with the emergence of e-mail, and then a fabulous repository of content with the advent of the World Wide Web, the Internet is now becoming a platform for distributed computing. This is a direct result of open grid protocols that enable the building of
grids which in turn permit the sharing of computing resources.  The confluence of grid protocols with Web services promises incredible new levels of integration.  Dr. Wladawsky-Berger will explore the nature of grids and their implications for sharing, managing and accessing resources, and for e-business on demand.

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger
is responsible for IBM's Next Generation Internet and Grid strategies, IBM Server Group's advanced architectures and technologies, and the strategy and development of IBM's Linux initiative. A major part of Dr. Wladawsky-Berger's responsibilities is to lead IBM's participation in the growing trend toward open standards for interoperability in e-business. In conjunction with this, he is working to make Linux and the open source movement a natural extension of IBM's commitment to e-business. He leads IBM's the Next Generation Internet efforts, in particular, the Grid computing initiative aimed at helping the Internet become an intelligent, self-managing distributed computing platform.
Dr. Wladawsky-Berger's role in IBM's Internet and e-business activities began in December 1995 when he was charged with the dual objectives of formulating IBM's overall strategy in the emerging Internet opportunity, and developing and bringing to market leading-edge Internet technologies that could be integrated into IBM's mainstream business. The resulting company-wide Internet strategy has succeeded to the point of making IBM synonymous with e-business. Likewise, Dr. Wladawsky- Berger's team has nurtured and mainstreamed a number of leading-edge technologies in areas like security, electronic commerce, digital media, and advanced Internet applications.
He began his IBM career in 1970 at the Company's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he started technology transfer programs to move the innovations of computer science from IBM's research labs into its product divisions. After joining IBM's product development organization in 1985, he continued his efforts to bring advanced technologies to the marketplace, leading IBM's initiatives in supercomputing and parallel computing, including the transformation of IBM's large commercial systems to parallel architectures. He has managed a number of IBM's businesses, including the large systems software and the UNIX systems divisions.
Dr. Wladawsky-Berger is a member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, the Global Grid Forum Advisory Committee, and the Information Technology Advisory Board of the New School University. He was a member and co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He is a former member of the Computer Sciences and Technology Board of the National Research Council, and of the FermiLab Board. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Herding Cats, Mice and Elephants - Network resource implications for the Grid.

Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge University


The GRID promises several novel traffic patterns, such as data from the large hadron collider (elephants), distributed computation from genomics (mice) and general acess grid traffic (cats). In this talk, we try to characterise these from 20,000 feet, and discuss some of the resource management consequences for this compelx ecosystem.

Jon Crowcroft
is the Marconi Professor of Networked Systems. Prior to that he was professor of networked systems at UCL in the Computer Science Department. He is a member of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and  a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,  as well as a senior member of the IEEE. He is a member of the IAB; was general chair for the ACM SIGCOMM 95-99.  He is on the editorial team for the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networks and Computer Communications as well as on the program committee for ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Infocomm.  He has published 5 books - the latest is the Linux TCP/IP Implementation, published by Wiley in 2001.

Configuration, Monitoring and Management of Huge-scale Applications with a Varying Number of Application Components

Joe Sventek, Agilent Technologies UK Ltd


Many distributed applications depend on explicit ordering to affect their lifecycle operations (start up, shutdown, re-configuration, etc.). Normally this procedure is carried out in a serialized manner. Consequently for applications containing large numbers of components, state and configuration changes are something to be avoided. They are costly, error prone and time consuming. This talk details an approach to application configuration which is specifically designed to address the issues of scale and reliability inherent in large distributed applications. The proposed architecture leads to applications which are 'self healing' in nature, and whose configuration mechanism is only loosely coupled to the number of components in a deployed system. Additionally, in applications where configuration changes can be planned in advance, the proposed mechanism can be used to make effective use of network resources in bandwidth limited environments.

Joe Sventek is the director of Agilent Laboratories Scotland, and a research fellow in Agilent Laboratories. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of California. Prior to his current position, he led the distributed systems group at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, lectured in the Computer Science department of the University of California, led the ANSAware implementation team in Cambridge, served as the lead architect for HP's Distributed Computing Program, and was HP's Laboratory Scientist for Distributed and Object-oriented computing. He represented HP in OMG's CORBA specification activity. His current research interests include service assurance in IP networks, federated services, and middleware frameworks.

Putting Digital devices in the Real World

Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham

Tom Rodden is Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Lab in Nottingham and Director of the Equator IRC. His research interests include computer supported cooperative work, human computer interaction and cooperative systems design. He has recently chaired a group which developed a UK wide long term research agenda for eScience.

Computing in Living Laboratories: A Grand Challenge

Gregory D. Abowd,  Georgia Institute of Technology

Gregory D. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Mathematics and Physics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame.  He then attended the University of Oxford  in the United Kingdom on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory.  From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute  and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Abow is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.  His research interests lie in the intersection between Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. Specifically, Dr. Abowd is interested in ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications that impact our everyday lives.