Cloud Futures: Advancing Research and Education with Cloud Computing Redmond, WA | June 2-3, 2011

The Workshop agenda is finalized and listed below for your information.  I hope you can attend the  Cloud Futures 2011 Workshop on  Advancing Research and Education with Cloud Computing, taking place in Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA, June 2-3, 2011.

Please note that Windows Azure Platform 180 Day Pass will be available for attendees who will be coming to Redmond. 

However, if you are not able to attend in person, we will broadcast life all the session taking part in Cascade auditorium and will video tape all presentations.  The videos will be available for view on the workshop web site and Faculty Connection after the workshop.

Workshop Overview

The Cloud Futures Workshop series brings together thought leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the role of cloud computing across a variety of research and educational areas—including computer science, earth sciences, healthcare, humanities, life sciences, and social sciences. Presentations and discussions will highlight how new techniques, software platforms, and methods of research and teaching in the cloud may solve distinct challenges arising in those diverse areas.

Workshop Co-Chairs



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Ed Lazowska
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in CS & Engineering
Seattle, WA

Dennis Gannon
Director, eXtreme Computing Cloud Engagement
Microsoft Research - Redmond, WA

Keynote Presenters

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Jim Larus Director, Research & Strategy
eXtreme Computing Group
Microsoft Research

Mark Russinovich
Technical Fellow
Windows Azure Fabric
Microsoft Corporation

Michael Franklin AMPLAB Director University of California, Berkeley

Workshop Agenda (check for agenda updates on the workshop website)

June 2, 2011

8:00 Transportation from Bellevue Westin to Microsoft Conference Center

8:45 Welcome and Conference Logistics

9:00 Keynote -  Jim Larus, Microsoft Research, eXtreme Computing Group (Cascade)

10:00 Break

10:30 Systems 1 (Cascade)

· Cloud, HPC, or Hybrid: A Case Study Involving Satellite Image Processing. Marty Humphrey, University of Virginia

· Classical and Iterative MapReduce on Azure.  Geoffrey Fox ,  Indiana University

· Data Semantics Aware Clouds for High-performance Analytics Systems.  Jun Wang, the University of Central Florida

10:30 Education (St. Helens)

· Bringing the Cloud to the Classroom Using the Microsoft Imagine Cup. James L. Parrish, Jr., University of Arkansas

· Introducing Cloud Computing into STEM Undergraduate Curriculum Using Microsoft Azure. Bina Ramamurthy, University at Buffalo

· InstantLab – The Cloud as Operating System Teaching Platform. Alexander Schmidt and Andreas Polze, Hasso Plattner Institute

12:00 Lunch in Rainier

1:00 Keynote - Michael J. Franklin. AMPLAB Director University of California, Berkeley (Cascade)

2:00  Systems-2 (Cascade)

· Into the Blue: Streaming Data Processing in the Cloud. Stephen Wong, Rice University

· Stork Data Scheduler for Windows Azure. Tevfik Kosar, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo

· Relational Data Markets in the Cloud: Challenges and Opportunities. Magdalena Balazinska, University of Washington

2:00  Windows Azure Tutorial, Part 1, Krishna Kumar, Windows Azure Academic Lead (St.Helens)

3:30 Break

4:00 Applications 1 (Cascade)

· Using the Cloud to Model and Manage Large Watershed Systems. Marty Humphrey, University of Virginia

· Large Scale Prediction of Transcription Factor Binding Sites for Gene Regulation using Cloud Computing. Zhengchang Su, University of North Carolina

· University of Southern California, Clever Transportation Project (USC2T).  Barak Fishbain, University of Southern California

4:00 Windows Azure Tutorial, Part 2, Krishna Kumar, Windows Azure Academic Lead (St.Helens)

5:30 Transfer to Hotel

6:30 Dinner at Din Tai Fung , Bellevue, WA (located in Lincoln Square, 2/F, next door to the Bellevue Westin Hotel)

June 3, 2011

8:00 Transportation to Microsoft Conference Center from Bellevue, Westin

8:30 Breakfast in Rainier

9:00 Keynote -  Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Windows Azure Fabric, Microsoft Corporation Cascade

10:00 Break

10:30 Systems 3 (St. Helens)

· Multi-cloud and cloud-desktop coordination made simplified by GXP on Azure. Kenjiro Taura, University of Tokyo

· Running Large Workflows in the Cloud. Paul Watson, Newcastle University

· Towards Enabling Mid-Scale Geo-Science Experiments Through Microsoft Trident and Windows Azure. Eran Chinthaka Withana and Beth Plale, Indiana University

10:30 Applications 2 (Cascade)

· Network Display and Sharing System for Large Cultural Heritage Objects via Cloud Computing Environments. Yasuhide Okamoto, University of Tokyo

· Deep Natural Language Processing for Improving a Search Engine Infrastructure using Windows Azure. Daisuke Kawahara, Kyoto University

· A Secure Multi-party Collaboration System for Australian Coal Supply Chains. Shiping Chen, CSIRO ICT Centre

12:00  Lunch in Rainier

1:00 Applications  3  (St. Helens)

· Beekeeping Enters the Cloud. James T. Wilkes, Appalachian State University

· Scaling Document Clustering on the Cloud. Rob Gillen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

· Microsoft Azure: The Ultimate Flexible Enterprise-Level Solution. Janet L. Bailey, University of Arkansas

1:00 Security and software development (Cascade)

· Risk Assessment and Cloud Strategy Development.  Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, University of Washington

· Cloud forensics: an overview. Keyun Ruan, University College Dublin

· Cloud Based Product Development. Joris Poort, Harvard Business School

2:30 Break

3:00 Systems  4 (St. Helens)

· Expanding the Horizons of Cloud Computing Beyond the Data Center. Jon Weissman and Abhishek Chandra, University of Minnesota

· URSA: Scalable Load Balancing and Power Management in Cluster Storage Systems. Seung-won Hwang, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

· Achieving energy efficient computing by jointly scheduling services and batch jobs in virtualized environments. Tajana Simunic Rosing, UC San Diego

3:00 Applications 4 (Cascade)

· High through-put, low impedance e-Science on Microsoft Azure. David Abramson, Monash University

· Abstractions for Life-Science Applications on Clouds. Shantenu Jha, Andre Luckow, Rutgers University

· The Parallelization of Geoscience Apps at C3L with Azure.  Craig Mudge, University of Adelaide

4:30 Cloud Research Panel - Chair Ed Lazowska  (Cascade)

Windows Azure Platform Offer

For those attendees who do not currently have access to Windows Azure, Microsoft wishes to make available onsite attendees the Windows Azure Platform 180 Day Pass. This will provide you with 6 months of access to the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platforms with the following level of service:

Windows Azure

· 3 small compute instances

· 3GB of storage

· 250,000 storage transactions

SQL Azure

· Two 1GB Web Edition database


· 100,000 Access Control transactions

· 2 Service Bus connections

Data Transfers (per region)

· 3 GB in

· 3 GB out

Please note:  the Azure Platform 180 Day Pass is not offered to remote attendees who participate in Cloud Futures 2011 via webcast/live-streaming.

Workshop Registration

The online registration for Cloud Futures 2011 is now open and will close on May 20, 2011.  The registration link can be accessed off the workshop website.

If you are an academic, member of a research institute or a government employee, we are required to send notification to your institution to ensure that accepting anything provided by Microsoft (including meals, Windows Azure Platform 180 Day Pass) does not violate any applicable governmental laws, regulations, or the letter or spirit of applicable ethics policies in place at your institution.   During the registration process, you will be asked to also provide your dean or department head’s name and e-mail address so that we may send this notification (In the case of Germany, we are required to seek approval from your university rector or president.)

We’d like to provide you with next steps to complete your registration. 

1. Please complete your workshop registration by May 20, 2011.  (Click Logistics for Participants for Information on hotels, transportation and meals).

2. For international workshop attendees traveling to the United States, the U.S. State Department's website has information on the Visa Waiver Program (allowing travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa), travel by citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, and information on Visitor Visas for business or pleasure.  Questions about letters of invitation for visas to the United States should be sent to

3. If you need to cancel your registration for Cloud Futures 2011, please login to your workshop registration to complete the cancellation process.  Remember to cancel your hotel room before 4 pm the day before your check in date (i.e. 24 hours notification is required).

4. Please also send an email to to alert us of your change of plans.

Letter of invitation and Visas

A letter of invitation is not an absolute requirement for foreign nationals traveling to the United States.  However, the process of entering the U.S. is subject to a great degree of scrutiny, more so than there has been in previous years.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that individuals intending to travel to the U.S. for business visitor purposes (i.e. meetings, conference, etc.) request a business travel support letter by submitting a completed request form as early as possible before their travel date.  For international workshop attendees traveling to the United States, the U.S. State Department's website has information on the Visa Waiver Program (allowing travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa), travel by citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, and information on Visitor Visas for business or pleasure.  Questions about letters of invitation for visas to the United States should be sent to

I hope you would be able to attend and contribute to this workshop!

Yours sincerely,


Cloud Futures: Advancing Research and Education with Cloud Computing

Redmond, WA | June 2-3, 2011

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