DATE: Thursday, May 17 , 2007
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PLACE: Wean Hall 8220

Frank Wang
Professor, Chair in E-Science and Grid Computing, Director of Centre For Grid Computing
Cambridge-Cranfield High Performance Computing Facility (CCHPCF)

Grid-oriented Storage: a successor to network-attached storage?

Prof Wang and his group have developed a prototype Grid-oriented Storage (GOS) appliance, which is expected to be a successor to network-attached storage (NAS) in the Grid era. A GOS-specific File System (GOS-FS), the single-purpose intent of a GOS OS, and secure interfaces via Grid Security Infrastructure (GSI) motivate and enable this new architecture. GOS is the first demonstration that a Grid-enabled data communication protocol can accelerate tenfold distributed applications including OpenOffice, MySQL/IBM DB2, Firefox, MPlayer, and Google Earth, etc.

Prof. Frank Wang is a 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). Prof Wang's appointment is seen as crucial to the initiative of the CCHPCF, which is a collaborative research facility in the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield. Prof. Wang has a publication record including a book titled "Encyclopedia of Grid Computing", 59 journal papers (12 IEEE Transactions, 5 JAP, 1 APL, 2 ACM publications, etc.) and 36 conference papers. His latest journal paper is Grid-Oriented Storage: A Single-Image, Cross-Domain, High-Bandwidth Architecture on IEEE Transactions on Computers, April 2007. Prof. Wang is on the Editorial Board of 4 international journals. He serves the High End Computing Panel for Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). He has been elected as the Chairman (UK & Republic of Ireland Chapter) of the IEEE Computer Society from January 2005.

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