DATE: Thursday, October 28, 2004
TIME: Noon - 1 pm
PLACE: Hamerschlag Hall D-210

Jason Nieh
Columbia University

Secure Remote Computing Services

Advances in network speed and ubiquity have created the conditions for building a secure remote computing service (SRCS) to address the security and management problems with today's IT infrastructure. SRCS moves all application logic and data from insecure end-user devices, which attackers can easily corrupt, steal and destroy, to autonomic server farms in physically secure, remote data centers that can rapidly adapt to computing demands especially in times of crisis. Users can then access their computing state from anywhere, anytime, using simple, stateless Internet-enabled devices. In this talk, I will describe technologies and results in three key areas essential for building SRCS: wide-area remote display mechanisms for delivering display content to users, server resource management mechanisms for ensuring desired quality of service levels for users, and transparent migration mechanisms for enabling fault-resilience, load balancing, and high availability for SRCS application services.

Jason Nieh is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and Director of the Network Computing Laboratory. He is also the technical adviser for nine States on the Microsoft Antitrust Settlement. His current research interests include operating systems, thin-client computing, web and multimedia systems, and performance evaluation. Nieh is the recipient of the 2004 Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award, the 2004 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy Early Career Award, an IBM Faculty Award, and two IBM Shared University Research Awards. He earned his B.S. from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering.

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