Distinguished Speaker Series: Jim Gray



  • Distributed Computing Economics

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    6:30pm - Registration/Light Snacks
    7:00pm - Talk Begins


    Jim Gray,(bio)- Microsoft Distinguished Engineer

    Co-hosted by the Computer History Museum

    The paper Distributed Computing Economics considers the relative costs of computing resources and the implications this has for distributed system design. Today there is rough price parity between (1) one database access, (2) ten bytes of network traffic, (3) 100,000 instructions, (4) 10 bytes of disk storage, and (5) a megabyte of disk bandwidth. This has implications for how one structures Internet-scale distributed computing: one puts computing as close to the data as possible in order to avoid expensive network traffic. If there is time, the talk will then cover what the architecture we are evolving for the World-Wide Telescope -- a federation of the worlds' astronomy data as a collection of web services accessed via portals.


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    Speaker Bio: Jim Gray

    Jim Gray is a "Distinguished Engineer" in Microsoft's Scaleable Servers Research Group and manager of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC). His work focuses on databases and transaction processing. Jim is active in the research community, is an ACM, NAE, NAS, and AAAS Fellow, and received the ACM Turing Award for his work on transaction processing. He edits of the Morgan Kaufmann book series on data management, and his many publications include the classic "Transaction Processing Concepts and Techniques". Recently, he has been active in building online databases like http://TerraService.Net and http://SkyServer.sdss.org.



    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium
    3333 Coyote Hill Road
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking
    7:00-9:00pm Program



    Pre-registered Cost (light snacks will be served)
    $10 SDForum, Computer History Museum and PMI members
    $20 Non-members

    Cost at the door (light snacks will be served)
    $15 SDForum, Computer History Museum, and PMI members
    $25 Non-members

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