CERCS Seminar: Services Research and Cloud Computing, IBM

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Daniel M. Dias, Director, Service Product Technologies
Ajay Mohindra, Manager, Smarter Cloud Platform
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY


In this talk we present an overview of Services Research at IBM Research, and focus on cloud computing as a new paradigm for services delivery.

Services Research includes data center management, cloud computing, mobile, distributed systems, the services factory and platform for the Smarter Planet. We then outline cloud computing architecture, delivery models, management, types and transformation to a cloud environment. With this basis, we examine the greening of computing leveraging clouds, including consolidation, efficiency, dynamic allocation, workload migration, remote capabilities and other optimizations. We examine specific applications of clouds and provide quantification of the benefits for some of the types of clouds and optimizations. Finally, we look at using cloud computing including clouds for collaboration, mobile and smarter planet applications.


Dr. Daniel M. Dias, is an IBM distinguished engineer and director of service product technologies at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, with worldwide responsibility for technologies, tools and methods for IT service automation and management.
Prior to this, Dan was director of the IBM India Research Lab, where he was responsible for leading the research units in India, at Delhi and Bangalore, with a focus on innovation, and for defining and managing the lab's research agenda.  Dan previously led the internet infrastructure and computing utilities department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He also led the world-wide research and strategy for Systems Management and Advanced Operating Environments. 

Earlier in his career, he led the distributed systems and middleware department, and the parallel commercial systems group, both at IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Center.  He has received numerous awards for his contribution to research, including IBM Outstanding Innovation and Technical Achievement Awards and several conference best paper awards.  He has published more than 90 refereed papers in journals and at international conferences, and holds more than 35 U.S. patents.

Dr. Dias received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Ajay Mohindra manages the Smarter Cloud Platform group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His group is focused on developing technology to create business value from the Cloud platform.  For his technical contributions to IBM, he has been received one Outstanding Innovation Achievement Award, one Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, two Research Division Awards, and three Technical Group Award.  He holds 16 patents and has published several papers in technical conferences. 

His research interests include distributed systems management, cloud computing, and technologies for smarter planet. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.


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