On April 8 and 9, 2010, the Cloud Futures Workshop brought together thought leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the role of cloud computing across disciplines, with the goal of highlighting how new techniques and methods of research in the cloud may solve distinct challenges arising in those diverse areas.
Cloud computing is fast becoming the most important platform for research. Researchers today need vast computing resources to collect, share, manipulate, and explore massive data sets as well as to build and deploy new services for research. Cloud computing has the potential to advance research discoveries by making data and computing resources readily available at unprecedented economy of scale and nearly infinite scalability. To realize the full promise of cloud computing for research, however, one must think about the cloud as a holistic platform for creating new services, new experiences, and new methods to pursue research, teaching and scholarly communication. This goal presents a broad range of interesting questions.
We invited extended abstracts that illustrate the role of cloud computing across a variety of research and curriculum development areas—including computer science, earth sciences, healthcare, humanities, life sciences, and social sciences—that highlight how new techniques and methods of research in the cloud may solve distinct challenges arising in those diverse areas.
Note: All abstract submissions were due on February 10, 2010. We are no longer accepting submissions.
See list of abstracts and speaker bios here.
David A. Patterson Professor of Computer Science, Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Lab, University of California Berkley
Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Extreme Computing Group, Microsoft Research