Program Committee

Workshop Chairs


They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in grid computing, high performance computing, supercomputing, data intensive computing, and cloud computing. Dr. Raicu is a young researcher who has focused on novel resource management techniques to enable data-intensive computing at extreme scales. Dr. Foster is best known as "the father of the Grid". His research resulted in the development of techniques, tools and algorithms for high-performance distributed computing and parallel computing. Dr. Raicu and Dr. Foster together defined the emerging Many-Task Computing paradigm. Dr. Zhao did pioneering work on data-flow based parallel programming systems that served as an important use-case for the Many-Task Computing paradigm. Their biographies can be found in the next few paragraphs.


Dr. Ioan Raicu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a NSF/CRA Computation Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University in 2009 - 2010, and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Ian Foster in 2009. He is a 3-year award winner of the GSRP Fellowship from NASA Ames Research Center. His research work and interests are in the general area of distributed systems. His work focuses on a relatively new paradigm of Many-Task Computing (MTC), which aims to bridge the gap between two predominant paradigms from distributed systems, High-Throughput Computing (HTC) and High-Performance Computing (HPC). His work has focused on defining and exploring both the theory and practical aspects of realizing MTC across a wide range of large-scale distributed systems. He is particularly interested in efficient task dispatch and execution systems, resource provisioning, data management, scheduling, and performance evaluations in distributed systems. His work has been funded by the NASA Ames Research Center, DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and the NSF/CRA CIFellows program. Ioan's research interests include resource management in large scale distributed systems with a focus on many-task computing, data intensive computing, cloud computing, grid computing, and many-core computing. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.

Dr. Ian Foster is the Associate Division Director and a Senior Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he leads the Distributed Systems Laboratory, and he is an Arthur Holly Compton Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He is also involved with both the Open Grid Forum and with the Globus Alliance as an open source strategist. In 2006, he was appointed director of the Computation Institute, a joint project between the University of Chicago, and Argonne. An earlier project, Strand, received the British Computer Society Award for technical innovation. His research resulted in the development of techniques, tools and algorithms for high-performance distributed computing and parallel computing. As a result he is denoted as "the father of the Grid". Foster led research and development of software for the I-WAY wide-area distributed computing experiment, which connected supercomputers, databases and other high-end resources at 17 sites across North America in 1995. His own labs, the Distributed Systems Laboratory is the nexus of the multi-institute Globus Project, a research and development effort that encourages collaborative computing by providing advances necessary for engineering, business and other fields. Furthermore the Computation Institute addresses many of the most challenging computational and communications problems facing Grid implementations today. In 2004, he founded Univa Corporation, which was merged with United Devices in 2007 and operate under the name Univa UD. Foster's honors include the Lovelace Medal of the British Computer Society, the Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance computing (2001), as well as others. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. Dr. Foster also serves as PI or Co-PI on projects connected to the DOE global change program, the National Computational Science Alliance, the NASA Information Power Grid project, the NSF Grid Physics Network, GRIDS Center, and International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory projects, and other DOE and NSF programs. His research is supported by DOE, NSF, NASA, Microsoft, and IBM. 

Dr. Yong Zhao is a professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Before joining the university, he worked at Microsoft on Business Intelligence projects that leveraged Cloud storage and computing infrastructure for Web analytics and behavior targeting. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Chicago under Dr. Ian Foster's supervision, and was the key designer of the GriPhyN Virtual Data System (VDS) and the Swift parallel scripting system. VDS is a data and workflow management system for data-intensive science collaborations. VDS played a fundamental role in various Data Grid projects such as iVDGL (International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory), PPDG (Partical Physics Data Grid), OSG (Open Science Grid) etc. Swift is a programming tool for fast, scalable and reliable loosely-coupled parallel computation. It comprises a simple scripting language called SwiftScript to represent complex scientific workflows, and a scalable runtime system to schedule hundreds of thousands of jobs onto distributed and parallel computing resources. Yong's research areas are in cloud computing, many-task computing, and data intensive computing. He is especially interested in providing resource management, workflow management, high level language and scheduling support for large scale computations in Cloud and Grid environments.


Keynote Speaker

Roger BargaDr. Roger Barga is currently an Architect and group lead in the Cloud Computing Futures (CCF) team. CCF is part of the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), a new organization in Microsoft Research established to push the boundaries of computing. My team is responsible for engaging researchers in academia and government labs to leverage cloud computing infrastructure for their research. As part of this initiative, his team is developing core services for research as a set of coherent and composable solutions, and they will provide select reference data sets in the cloud to enable communities of researchers. Their goal is to make simple yet powerful tools available, that any researcher can use to extract insights by mining and combining diverse data sets. His team also offers tutorials on cloud computing, identifies best practices for deploying research applications and data collections in the cloud, and serve as thought leaders on the application of cloud computing for research. Dr. Barga is a frequent public speaker and Microsoft spokesperson on the topic. Prior to joining XCG, he was a Principal Architect for External Research (MSR), where he lead the Advanced Research Services and Tools (ARTS) team. The ARTS team was responsible for developing innovative tools and services using Microsoft products and technology accelerate research, such as the Trident Scientific Workflow Workbench, The Research Information Centre VRE, and Dryad/DryadLINQ on HPCS. His team also provided strategic and tactical hands-on technological leadership to projects across External Research’s international engagements. He joined Microsoft in 1997 as a Researcher in the Database Group of Microsoft Research, where he was involved in a number of systems research projects and product development efforts in database systems, application recovery, workflow and stream processing. Throughout his career at Microsoft, he has enjoyed developing ideas from basic research, through proof of concept prototypes to incubation efforts in product groups. Microsoft Research, and eXtreme Computing Group in particular, is a truly unique and rewarding organization in which to work.

Steering Committee

Technical Committee


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