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Department of Computer Science Colloquium
2008 Series

Tenfold Acceleration of Database/Office/Media/Web Applications on EuroAsiaGrid

Prof. Frank Zhigang Wang
Cranfield University

Date: October 27, 2008 (Monday)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Venue: SCT909, Cha Chi Ming Science Tower, Ho Sin Hang Campus

Prof Wang and his group have developed a grid-oriented storage (GOS) platform, which beats classic ones by a factor of 2 - 25 over a real-world link. This protocol is the first of its kind worldwide. Best of all, this platform requires no changes in the way users work with their applications since it conforms to the existing IT infrastructures. The GOS scalability is also reflected in its P2P organization. P2P clustered GOS appliances share a common, aggregate presentation of the data stored on all participating GOS appliances. Each GOS appliance manages its own internal storage space. The major benefit of this aggregation is that clustered GOS storage can be accessed by users as a single mount point. During his presentation, he is going to show a demo of using this protocol to accelerate applications, ranging from IBM DB2, MySQL, Office, Firefox Web Browser, Google Earth to Media Player. Recently the GOS work has won an ACM/IEEE Super Computing finalist award.

Prof. Frank Wang is a Fellow of British Computer Society, Professor and Chair in e-Science and Grid Computing, Director of Centre for Grid Computing within the context of Cambridge-Cranfield High Performance Computing Facility (CCHPCF) []. His appointment is seen as crucial to the initiative of the CCHPCF, which is a collaborative research facility in the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield, with an investment size of 40 million GBPs. Prof Wang has a publication record including an edited book titled “Encyclopaedia of Grid Computing”, 67 journal papers [14 IEEE Transactions, 5 JAP, 1 APL, 3 ACM publications, etc] and 49 conference papers. Prof Wang is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Grid Computing, Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing. Prof Wang is also on the Editorial Board of another 4 international journals. He serves the High End Computing Panel for Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). He was elected as the Chairman (UK & Republic of Ireland Chapter) of the IEEE Computer Society in 2005. He serves the UK e-Science Project Panel. Frank is the holder of a number of EPSRC/DTI/EC grants, totaling 3.5 million euros. He has been invited to report his work at Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Oxford University, Edinburgh University, York University, Manchester University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Taiwan Tsinghua University, York University and King’s College London, etc. He has fostered a number of collaborations with industrial giants, including IBM, Microsoft, BBC, Xerox, CERN, Rolls Royce, HP and EADS.

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