[FoRK] Fwd: Next CAS seminar is Wed. 5/5 with Dr. Rohit (Decentralization != Distribution)

Rohit Khare rohit at ics.uci.edu
Mon May 3 13:01:08 PDT 2004



  DATE:     Wednesday May 5
  TIME:      2:00-3:00 pm
  PLACE:   N269, Room 179

  PRESENTERS: Dr. Rohit Khare

  TITLES:   Decentralization != Distribution

                A B S T R A C TS
  For years, terms "distributed computing" and "decentralized computing" 
have been
  treated as interchangeable. In my recent doctoral dissertation, I drew 
a formal
  distinction between these two classes of systems, and showed how to 
adapt existing
  client/server architectural styles to cope with this coming shift. In 
short, how to
  transform the Web into a real-time, peer-to-peer infrastructure.

  Because it takes time and trust to establish agreement, traditional 
  architectural styles cannot safely accommodate resources that change 
faster than
  it takes to transmit notification of that change, nor resources that 
must be shared
  across independent agencies. There are physical and logical limits 
that make
  simultaneous agreement (a strong form of consensus for read/write 
  expensive and ultimately, impossible. In practice, software architects 
resolve this
  contradiction by assuming that network latency is negligible and that 
  operated by independent agencies are reliable two increasingly shaky 
  about integrating services across the Internet.

  Our approach to this challenge is architectural: proposing constraints 
on the
  configuration of com­ponents and connectors that induce desired 
properties of the
  whole application. Specifically, we present, implement, and evaluate 
variations of
  the World Wide Web's Representational State Transfer (REST) 
architectural style
  that are optimized for centralized, distributed, estimated, and 
decentral­ized systems.

  Rohit Khare founded KnowNow in 2000 based on his doctoral research at 
  Information and Computer Science department at the University of 
California, Irvine,
  focusing on next-generation protocols for HTTP and proactive event 
  services with Prof. Richard N. Taylor.  Rohit's participation in 
Internet standards
  development with world renowned technical teams at MCI's Internet 
  group and the World Wide Web Consortium  at the MIT Laboratory for 
  Science, where he focused on security and eCommerce issues, led him to 
  4K Associates as well as editing the World Wide Web Journal for 
O'Reilly & Associates. 
  Rohit received a B.S. in Economics and in Engineering and Applied 
Science with
  honors from Caltech in 1995 and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in 
Software Engineering
  from UC Irvine in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

  More information is also available at http://www.ics.uci.edu/~rohit/
  A preprint of the paper is available at 

  Lori S. Michetti
  NASA Ames Research Center
  Collaborative Assistant Systems (CAS)
  MS 269-2, Bldg N269, Rm 282
  Moffett Field, CA 94035
  fax 650-604-3594
  email: michetti at email.arc.nasa.gov

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