Cloud Computing: a new computing paradigm

Date: 
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 9:46am

UCSB COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:
MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
3:30 – 4:30
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: RICHARD WOLSKI

SPEAKER: Thorsten von Eicken
CTO of RightScale

Title: Cloud Computing: a new computing paradigm

Abstract:

Cloud Computing offers significant benefits over traditional solutions
for deploying production internet services as well as for conducting
research, development and testing activities. This talk will distill the
unique characteristics of clouds and describe how to best think about
deployments in the clouds. Case studies and real experiences from two
years of cloud computing experience will illustrate the new opportunities.

From an academic point of view cloud computing also opens up new
systems research directions. The whole notion of automatically
provisioning compute resources based on system metrics is still at a
very primitive stage, even though it has been a topic of research for
many years. With cloud computing it has become a reality that demands
significant innovation. On a broader scope, cloud computing will
continue to fuel the evolution of the personal computing environment:
add a server in the cloud to your desktop, laptop and mobile devices. We
have just begun to scratch the surface of these new opportunities.

Bio:

Thorsten von Eicken is CTO of RightScale. Before joining RightScale
Inc., he was Chief Architect at Expertcity.com and Citrix Online, makers
of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was
responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and
also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations. He received a Ph.D. in
Computer Science from UC Berkeley and spent 6 years on the faculty at
Cornell University.