Cloud computing is a fast growing, multi-billion dollar industry, with several forecasts predicting an annual growth rate for this market that is well above 20% during the remainder of the current decade. In this talk I will give an overview of cloud computing, its history, its particular characteristics that distinguish it from conventional distributed systems, and some interesting research challenges that stem from these distinctive features. I will also present two projects that members of my group have worked on over the past few years addressing some of these research challenges, and discuss some open problems in this area.
Rodrigo Rodrigues is an associate professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a member of the NOVA-LINCS research lab. Previously, he was a tenure-track faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) where he led the Dependable Systems Group, and an assistant professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and a researcher at INESC-ID. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctoral degree in 2005. During his PhD, he was a researcher at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Liskov. He received his Master's degree from MIT in 2001, and an undergraduate degree from the IST in 1998. He has won several fellowships and awards, including a best paper award at the 18th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), a special recognition award from MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and was awarded the first ERC (starting) grant in Computer Science in Portugal. (http://asc.di.fct.unl.pt/~rodrigo/)
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