Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SRDC 2013

SRDC 2013

TransForm School on Research Directions in Distributed Computing


June 10-14, 2013

Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece



TransForm School on Research Directions in Distributed Computing aims at
the dissemination of advanced scientific knowledge in the general area
of distributed computing with emphasis on multi-core computing,
synchronization protocols, and transactional memory. A major goal of the school
is to explore new directions and approaches on hot topics of current research
in these areas (and more generally in distributed computing) and to promote
international contacts among scientists from academia and the industry.
Research work from all viewpoints, including theory, practice, and experimentation
can be presented at the school.

The school will include a series of talks by renowned researchers.
A list of the invited speakers is provided below (this list is expected
to be expanded in the future):

- Carole Delporte, Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7 (France)
- Shlomi Dolev, Ben Gurion University (Israel)
- Hugues Fauconnier, Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7 (France)
- Pascal Felber, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
- Rachid Guerraoui, EPFL (Switzerland)
- Maurice Herlihy, Brown University (USA)
- Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA-Rennes Campus
- Petr Kuznetsov, TU Berlin/Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (Germany)
- Mark Little, Red Hat (UK)
- Maged Michael, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Centre (USA)
- Alessia Milani, University of Bordeaux (France)
- Eliot Moss, University of Massachusetts (USA)
- Michel Raynal, University of Rennes I (France)
- Eric Ruppert, University of York (Canada)
- Nir Shavit, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (USA)
- Assaf Schuster, Technion (Israel)
- Corentin Travers, University of Bordeaux (France)
- Pawel T. Wojciechowski, PoznaƄ University of Technology (Poland)

Abstract Submissions
PhD students or young researchers interested in presenting their work
should submit a 1-page abstract motivating the main research challenge
they are addressing and stating the approach being taken. A selection
of proposals will be chosen for presentation. Eah such presentation
will be of 15 minutes.

To submit a talk, please send an email to faturu AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr
by April 26, 2013. The subject of this e-mail should be of the following form:
": proposal for SRDC talk".
Every submission should be in English, in .ps or .pdf format, and
include the title, the names of the presenter and his/her collaborators
in the research work of interest, their affiliations, and a one page abstract
of the work. Students should also provide the name and contact information
of their advisors.

Abstracts will become available to participants electronically. Authors
will be given the option to upload their presentation on the school’s website.

Financial Support
TransForm will provide financial support to a number of researchers/students.
Those who intend to apply for financial support should send a 1 page application
(in addition to their talk proposal) which will provide a short description of their
travel expenses. Applications should be sent to faturu AT ics DOT forth DOT gr by April 26, 2013.

Important dates
Submission deadline: April 26, 2013
Notification: April 30, 2013
School Date: June 10-14, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Is Cloud the death of open source?

Over the last few years I've been hearing from various quarters that Cloud (specifically PaaS) doesn't need or work well with open source. At least what some of these people mean is that business models that have worked well for non-PaaS open source don't necessarily work for PaaS. I think the jury is still out on that one. However, if you look around at PaaS implementations out there, or even further up and down the stack to include IaaS and SaaS, it's clear that open source is playing a major role. Whether it's OpenShift, OpenStack. MySQL, Linux or a plethora of other components, it's hard to find environments that aren't built on open source in one way or another. (Excluding closed source companies, of course!)

Now why do I mention this? Because I'm just back from JUDCon Brazil and this topic of conversation came up with some of the attendees. In fact they were suggesting that several of the most significant waves in software over the past few years and into the next few years, are fuelled by the innovation within disparate open source communities. When you look at cloud, mobile, ubiquitous computing etc. it's hard to disagree!