Friday, September 22, 2006

Autonomic Grid Computing: Concepts, Infrastructure and Applications

Emerging pervasive wide-area Grid computing environments are enabling a new generation of applications that are based on seamless aggregation and interactions of resources, services and information. However the scale, dynamism and uncertainty of these environments and applications present significant development, configuration and management challenges.

Addressing these challenges has led researchers to consider alternative programming paradigms and management techniques that are based on strategies used by biological systems to deal with complexity, dynamism, heterogeneity and uncertainty. The approach, referred to as autonomic computing, aims at realizing computing systems and applications capable of managing themselves with minimal human intervention. In this talk Dr. Parashar will motivate and introduce autonomic Grid computing. He will then introduce solutions being developed at TASSL, Rutgers University as part of Project AutoMate for enabling autonomic computational science on the Grid.

Manish Parashar is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, where he also is director of the Applied Software Systems Laboratory. He received a BE degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Bombay University, India and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. He has received the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (2004-2005), NSF CAREER Award (1999) and the Enrico Fermi Scholarship from Argonne National Laboratory (1996). His research interests include autonomic computing, parallel & distributed computing (including peer-to-peer and Grid computing), scientific computing, and software engineering. Manish is a senior member of IEEE, member of the executive committee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP), part of the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program (2004-2006), and a member of ACM. He is the co-founder of the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), serves on the editorial boards
of several journals, and on the steering and program committees of several international
workshops and conferences. For more information please visit He is recommended to us by the Washington,
DC, IEEE Computer Society chapter.

Meeting Date & Time:
Thusday, 5 October 2006
5:30 PM: Registration, social time, and dinner
7:30 PM: Business meeting & program
Where: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook
Location: It’s behind the restaurants at Innsbrook. Turn from Broad St. onto Dominion Blvd.
There's a map link on the IEEE Richmond Section website.
Cost: $20 by the RSVP deadline, $25 after the deadline. Student members get in for $10 before or $13 after the deadline.
Menu: An all-you-can-eat buffet
Payment: By check payable to IEEE Richmond or cash, during Registration (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM).
RSVP & Deadline: By high-noon on Friday, 29 September. Go the the Web site, click Next
Meeting, and then the Online RSVP link.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Error on IEEE-USA Printed Ballot

There has been an error on the printed ballots for the IEEE-USA elections which inadvertently reversed the candidates for IEEE-USA President-Elect and IEEE-USA Member-at-Large.

Here is a message from Michael Lightner, IEEE President and CEO:
"Dear IEEE Voting Member:
You will soon be receiving, or may have already received, your individual ballot materials for the 2006 IEEE Annual Election. I am writing to alert you that an error on the printed ballots for the IEEE-USA categories inadvertently reversed the candidates for IEEE-USA President-Elect and IEEE-USA Member-at-Large. To correct this, we are sending all eligible voting members in Regions 1-6 a second paper ballot that covers the IEEE-USA slates of office only. This ballot includes a notice on the envelope to help you identify it and an explanation and instructions inside. I urge you to watch for both of these mailings.

Please do not discard the initial ballot as we are asking you to return both ballots if you submit them by U.S. mail. If you submit your ballot electronically at or this change does not apply. All ballot materials accessed via the election Web sites are correct.

For members who are submitting ballots by U.S. mail, both ballots are required for the following reasons:
- To ensure your votes will be recorded in all categories since votes for the two IEEE-USA positions on the initial paper ballot will be invalidated.
- If you do not also submit the initial ballot, you will not be voting in all of the other categories for which you are eligible.
- Please note that if you submit only one of the paper ballots, you will be contacted by the vendor and urged to cast the other ballot.

The opportunity to vote in the IEEE Annual Election is a privilege of your membership, and your vote is important to the IEEE. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the candidates and participate in the annual election when you receive your ballot materials. Additional information about the candidates including video question and answer sessions with the IEEE President-Elect candidates, and links to many candidates Web sites, is also available from the annual election Web site.

I am very sorry for any inconvenience to our members and our candidates caused by the necessity to send you two paper ballots this year. Please remember to return both forms if you submit your ballot by U.S. mail or, instead, submit your ballot electronically.

If you have any questions, please contact .

I thank you in advance for your understanding and your help in enabling the IEEE to have a successful 2006 election.
Michael Lightner
IEEE President and CEO"