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Free tutorials on cloud-services planned for the afternoon of Wed. 26th. 


Wed. 26th, 15:00, Tutorial 1: Amazon Web Services



Since 2006, Amazon Web Services have been providing on demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure to businesses of all sizes. This talk will introduce the Cloud platform offered by Amazon, and discuss how organisations can make use of Amazon's massive scale and operational experience to build highly scalable research and iterate more quickly. In this special workshop, we'll cover:
+ Architectural best practices for working with elastic infrastructure
+ Building services for high availability and scale
+ Analytics, high throughput and high performance computation
+ Security in the cloud
This session will feature a discussion of the constraints of working with the size, scope and complexity of modern datasets, and how cloud computing can help accelerate research. We'll take a look at the current state of the art, the role cloud computing plays in increasing the impact of open source tools, the use of public hosted data in the cloud and how academic cloud platforms can help promote collaboration, reproducibility and reuse across disciplines.

Matt Wood, Amazon


As the Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, Matt Wood discusses the technical and business aspects of cloud computing throughout Europe. With a background in the life sciences, Matt is interested in helping teams of all sizes bring their ideas to life through technology. Before joining Amazon he built web-scale search engines at Cornell University, sequenced DNA in Hinxton and developed analytics software in Cambridge. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, a blogger, published author and an advocate of scientific productivity.




Wed. 26th, 17:00, Tutorial 2: The Windows Azure Cloud Platform



Clouds are the largest scale computer centers ever constructed and present both opportunities and research challenges for large scale data intensive computing. In this tutorial we examine the Windows Azure cloud computing platform, including the computational model, storage services and underlying fabric controller, along with its associated application programming model. We summarize with best practices and considerations for architecting scalable applications on the Windows Azure platform.

Brad Calder, General Manager, Windows Azure Storage, Microsoft

Brad Calder is General Manager of Windows Azure Storage, which provides a scalable and reliable storage service for accessing Blobs, Tables, Queues for Microsoft’s new Cloud OS.  Before Microsoft he was a Professor at University of California, San Diego in the CSE Department where he graduated 14 PhD students, published over 100 papers in the areas of systems, architecture and compilers, and was a recipient of an NSF CAREER award.   



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