What books are you planning to read this summer? I’m reading the new novel of Noah Gordon, El Celler (and the Spanish translation “La Bodega”), a story of political intrigue, winemaking, and love, set in Catalonia in the late 19th century. I’m reading this book for now and I’m currently contemplating which one to check out next. The long hot days of summer provide lots of time to read. If you love book recommendations like me, here there are another one: “CLOUD COMPUTING: Some of the relevant issues in current Execution Environments for Distributed Computing” (Lulu.com publisher, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4092-1787-9). This book is composed by 8 chapters and it is the result of a surveys done by master students on different areas related with the “Execution Environment of Distributed Systems” course in the CANS master program at [...]
Last week David Carrera did the PhD presentation obtaining the maximum mark. The thesis contributes to the performance management of a complex application server execution environment using autonomic computing issues. The work was coadvised by Eduard Ayguadé and myself and is framed in a collaboration with one IBM Research Group at Watson Labs (leaded by Malgorzata Steinder) and BSC. Congratulation to David for their excellent work. Here you can find the PDF file of the PhD dissertation.
Vas Bala from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center visited our group in Barcelona and gave a talk entitled “Management of Virtualized Environments: An IBM Research perspective”
Vas is a Technical lead and the Virtualization Strategic Initiative Manager in the Virtualization Runtime & Tools Department. Vas presented us with an interesting talk about Virtualization technology and how it is driving profound changes in the way large data centers are designed and managed. Moving to a virtualized infrastructure solves many problems such as hardware utilization and power consumption. But it also creates many new problems such as virtual machine image sprawl and a new management layer in the IT stack. The talk included an interesting overview of the emerging trends in th e industry by the adoption of virtualization, followed by an IBM Research perspective of what new technical challenges this creates.