Workshop Organization and Important People


Workshop Chairs


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. Peter Beckman is the director of the Leadership Computing Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. The Leadership Computing Facility operates the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), which is home to one of the world's fastest computers for open science, the Blue Gene/P, and is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) effort to provide leadership-class computing resources to the scientific community. Beckman also leads Argonne's exascale computing strategic initiative and has previously served as the ALCF's chief architect and project director. He has worked in systems software for parallel computing, operating systems and Grid computing for 20 years. After receiving a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Indiana University in 1993, he helped create the Extreme Computing Laboratory at Indiana University. In 1997, Beckman joined the Advanced Computing Laboratory (ACL) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he founded the ACL's Linux cluster team and organized the Extreme Linux series of workshops and activities that helped catalyze the high-performance Linux computing cluster community. Beckman has also worked in industry, founding a research laboratory in 2000 in Santa Fe sponsored by Turbolinux Inc., which developed the world's first dynamic provisioning system for large clusters and data centers. The following year, he became vice president of Turbolinux's worldwide engineering efforts, managing development offices in the US, Japan, China, Korea and Slovenia. Beckman joined Argonne in 2002. As Director of Engineering for the TeraGrid, he designed and deployed the world's most advanced Grid system for linking production HPC computing for the National Science Foundation. After the TeraGrid became fully operational, he started research teams focusing on petascale high-performance operating systems, fault tolerance, system software and the SPRUCE urgent computing framework, which supports running critical high-performance applications at many of the nation's supercomputer centers.

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. 


Program Chair

Yogesh SimmhanDr. Yogesh Simmhan is a Postdoc Researcher in the eScience Group at Microsoft Research, San Francisco since 2007. He is shortly joining the Center of Energy Informatics at the University of Southern California as a Postdoc Research Associate on a DoE grant. At MSR, he has worked on scientific workflows and data management in the Cloud, making key research contributions to reliable workflow execution in the open-source Trident scientific workflow workbench and helping architect the distributed data pipeline for Pan-STARRS, one of the largest sky survey projects. Simmhan has worked extensively on using the Microsoft Azure Cloud for scientific research applications since its inception, and his research has helped identify gaps in the public cloud software infrastructure to help eScience applications leverage cloud platforms. He has a PhD from Indiana University in 2007 where he worked on data management and provenance frameworks for Grid and Web Service applications. His research, done as part of the NSF funded LEAD cyberinfrastucture project for meteorology, helped to better define the scope and challenges in the then-emerging area of provenance collection for scientific applications, leading to several highly cited papers and a 2-year NSF SDCI. Simmhan is interested in research into workflows and provenance, scientific data management and information integration, and distributed scheduling on hybrid and emerging platforms, with the overarching goal of building scalable systems to empower data driven applications.

Keynote Speaker

Ion StoicaDr. Ion Stoica is an Associate Professor in the EECS Department at University of California at Berkeley, where he does research on cloud computing and networked computer systems. Past work includes the Chord DHT, Dynamic Packet State (DPS), Internet Indirection Infrastructure (i3), declarative networks, replay-debugging, and multi-layer tracing in distributed systems. His current research includes resource management and scheduling for data centers, cluster computing frameworks for iterative and interactive applications, and network architectures. He is the recipient of the 2007 CoNEXT Rising Star Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2003), a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE) (2002), and the ACM doctoral dissertation award (2001). In 2006, he co-founded Conviva, a startup to commercialize technologies for large scale video distribution.


Steering Committee

Technical Program Committee


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