Title: Compute Canada: A National Cloud Computing Resource for Research Excellence

Speaker: Dr. Greg Newby, CTO, Compute Canada

Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Newby will share the technology deployment plans for cloud activities as Compute Canada undergoes a major technology refresh and develops national research cloud resources.Three out of the four new high performance computing systems will provide OpenStack-based partitions, meeting needs for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and other usage. At the same time, object storage will be utilized to increase data availability, reliability, multi-tenancy, and other needed features. Researchers will be able to specify the mix of resources they need such as: different storage pools, data access mechanisms, long-lived Web or database services, computing capabilities from a single virtual machine or an entire cluster, visualization and analytic services. Participants will learn how the cloud and high-performance computing resources and services are becoming more integrated, and some of the opportunities this will create for productivity and outcomes in computationally-based science and engineering.

Bio: Dr. Gregory Newby is Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. He has a passion for enabling diverse scientific, social and educational opportunities and has devoted his professional career to advanced research computing. Born in Montreal, Dr. Newby received his doctorate in Information Transfer from Syracuse University and most recently completed an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute of Pinchot University. Dr. Newby also obtained a Masters in Communications from University at Albany, State University of New York. Author of several books and numerous publications, Dr. Newby was a faculty member at two major US universities where he developed and taught courses in information systems, information security, and computer technology. His most recent roles include Manager of the Supercomputing Core Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Newby was Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he also served as a faculty member for 11 years.


Title: Managing Sprawl of Cloud Services and Data Everywhere in an Enterprise

Speaker: Dr. Mazin YousifCTO and VP Architecture, T-Systems International.

Abstract: We are entering an era where we are able to digitize almost everything and whatever we digitize, we are surely able to connect and analyze. At the same time, we have evolved our computing paradigms where now we have remarkable Computing/Storage/Networking power. Such capabilities are enabling us to introduce trends such as Smart Mobility, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things and Social. They are also enabling major innovations in all industry sectors. Cloud computing is making it easier for enterprises to procure all types of services. But at the same time, it is introducing an undesirable consequence and complexity in dealing with the many types of cloud services and the many vendors delivering them. Additionally we are generating incredible amounts of data and scattering them in all over the place – Data Everywhere. This talk will provide my views on how best to approach such sprawl of cloud services and scattered data and bring all together to give an enterprise a good handle to managing them. In this talk, I will discuss the role of services/technologies such as Data-Orchestration-as-a-Service (DOaaS), Integrated Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) and Data Virtualization to build unified integrated end-to-end cloud services.

Bio: Dr. Yousif is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Architecture for the Royal Dutch Shell Global account at T-Systems, International. Before joining T-Systems, he spent some time with IBM Canada GTS, Avirtec and Intel. He was also a Professor at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Yousif serves as a Technology Advisor, Board Member and investor for Simudyne Corporation. He is also a Board Member for Stafford & Associates. He chairs the Advisory Board of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine. He founded the NSF Industry/University Cooperative research Center for Autonomic Computing. He was a principal leader defining the InfiniBand Architecture and co-chaired the management working group in the InfiniBand Trade Association. He was an adjunct professor in several universities including Duke, NCSU, OGI and Arizona. He has served as the General Chair or Program Chair for many conferences and serves in the editorial board of many journals. He is a frequent speaker in academic and industry conferences on topics related to cloud computing, big data and autonomic computing. He has also published extensively and was an IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program speaker from 2008 – 2013. Dr. Yousif finished his Master (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Computer Engineering) degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and 1992, respectively.



Speaker: Peter Ashwood-Smith, Technical VP-Optical, Huawei

Abstract: We will look at the proposed requirements and vision for 5g after which we will look at some of the implications on the wire-line network which must support the radio side. Of particular interest is the new concept of “slicing” which affects the network end to end and how cloud computing is essential to implement these capabilities.

Bio: Peter Ashwood-Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is a Huawei Senior Researcher and Technical VP-Optical with B.S and M.S. degrees in Computer Science. He has worked on the design, standardization, implementation, deployment, and large scale support of many modern transport networking protocols (for example, early proprietary label switched networks and then standards based versions such as ATM, MPLS, ASON and GMPLS). More recently Peter has been involved in the design, implementation standardization and prototyping of new Ethernet control protocols which are also being deployed in hundreds of smaller networks and data centers. Peter’s recent work revolves around Transport SDN/NFV the complex traffic engineering problems and the high speed architectures required to support them. Prior to working for Huawei, Peter worked at Nortel Networks for over 20 years where he was promoted to the most senior technical position of Fellow. Peter left Nortel to join Huawei in 2009. Peter currently holds nearly 100 patents in networking and related fields including the basic design of GMPLS. Peter now leads research activities around TSDN in Huawei and was recently elected as ITU-T fixed line 5G focus group chairman.


Title: Cloud Augmented Mobile Applications: Research Framework and Challenging Issues

Speaker: Dr. Jiannong Cao, chair professor and head of the Department of Computing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Abstract: Mobile cloud computing (MCC) has emerged as a new paradigm of cloud computing. It offers great opportunities for mobile service industry, allowing mobile devices to access the applications and utilize the elastic resources offered by the cloud. When cloud meets mobile, there are many interesting applications and challenging issues to address. In this talk, I mainly focus on the state-of-arts and main techniques for cloud augmented mobile applications, which leverage the cloud to improve the user experiences or save energy consumption for the mobile applications. I will first describe emerging mobile applications which are made possible by using cloud resources, and present the framework for realizing such applications.  I will then focus on the major research issues, including computation offloading, data/service placement and load dispatching. Finally, I will highlight the open issues and future directions in the topic areas.

Bio: Dr. Cao is currently a chair professor and head of the Department of Computing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong. His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, computer networks, mobile and pervasive computing, fault tolerance, and middleware. He has co-authored 3 books, co-edited 9 books, and published over 300 papers in major international journals and conference proceedings. He is a fellow of IEEE, a senior member of China Computer Federation, and a member of ACM.  He was the Chair of the Technical Committee on Distributed Computing of IEEE Computer Society from 2012 - 2014.  Dr. Cao has served as an associate editor and a member of the editorial boards of many international journals, including ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, IEEE Transacitons on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Networks, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal, and Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications. He has also served as a chair and member of organizing / program committees for many international conferences, including PERCOM, INFOCOM, ICDCS, IPDPS, ICPP, RTSS, DSN, ICNP, SRDS, MASS, PRDC, ICC, GLOBECOM, and WCNC. Dr. Cao received the BSc degree in computer science from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, and the MSc and the Ph.D degrees in computer science from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.