4th Monday Computer Society Event: Cloud Computing and Big Data

From: Dr. Don V B.
Sent on: Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:49 PM

The IEEE Computer Society of Orange County usually holds its Meetups on the fourth Monday of the month, that's tomorrow. On Odd months we hold a Pizza Talk at Brandman University in Irvine ($10 for Pizza), on Even months we have a dinner meeting at the Doubletree Club in Santa Ana ($30 for dinner).

This month's talk is about Cloud Computing and Big Data by Gayn Winters

In modern computing, we have to adapt to work with massive datasets. Where we previously worked on megabytes or gigabytes of data, we are now working on terabytes or petabytes. This is a challenge for algorithms, but it's an even larger problem for infrastructure. Come to our September talk to understand how we scale up to deal with this problem.


You have a “big data” problem if standard servers cannot handle your data volume, the speed with which you accumulate data, or the diversity of your data's data types. The industry is responding to big data problems by introducing infrastructure of server farms, virtual machines, virtual storage, and even virtual networks. Applications are being ported to this environment with varying degrees of success and performance. This infrastructure is bundled into “cloud systems” that offer customers the use of these ported applications and virtual capabilities “on demand” via an hourly rental model. Big vendors such as Amazon and Microsoft are now offering proprietary clouds. Other vendors offer “private clouds” where a customer can use their own equipment locally or at a data center, and can use alternative cloud infrastructure. There are mixtures of these approaches, sometimes called “hybrid clouds” that provide a more complex, but more flexible system. This talk will analyze these offerings and will discuss how to use them to address big data problems.


Gayn B. Winters received his Ph.D. from MIT with considerable post-doctoral and academic work. He performed foundational work using distributed workstations in the Financial Analysis industry. At Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), he built the industry's first PC with integral Ethernet, won a Computerworld award for best micro/mainframe integration software (that became Digital's highest volume software product), was promoted to Digital's corporate strategy board, to Corporate Consultant, to corporate internationalization architect, and oversaw multiple worldwide programs with many F1000 clients. Gayn was a member of the Board of Directors for Unicode Inc. At Phoenix Technology he served as CTO, VP of Engineering, and GM, and ran worldwide engineering and program management for systems; his clients were manufactures of PCs, boards, chips, and peripherals, PDAs, and laptops. D. Winters started Bristol Systems to do engineering and application development. He is an expert in high availability networking and security, embedded systems, GPS, and cloud computing. Gayn is currently working on Big Data problems for public and private clouds.

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