Patterson on Cloud Computing

Dave Patterson did a keynote at Cloud Futures 2010. I wasn’t able to attend but I’ve heard it was a great talk so I asked Dave to send the slides my way. He presented Cloud Computing and the Reliable Adaptive Systems Lab.

The Berkeley RAD Lab principal investigators include: Armando Fox, Randy Katz & Dave Patterson (systems/networks), Michael Jordan (machine learning), Ion Stoica (networks & P2P), Anthony Joseph (systems/security), Michael Franklin (databases), and Scott Shenker (networks) in addition to 30 Phd students, 10 undergrads, and 2 postdocs.

The talk starts by arguing that cloud computing actually is a new approach drawing material from the Above the Clouds paper that I mentioned early last year: Berkeley Above the Clouds. Then walked through why pay-as-you-go computing with small granule time increments allow SLAs to be hit without stranding valuable resources.

The slides are up at: Cloud Computing and the RAD Lab and if you want to read more about the RAD lab: If you haven’t already read it, this is worth reading: Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View.


James Hamilton



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4 comments on “Patterson on Cloud Computing
  1. Frank, I don’t know of code and demos posted on the RAD Lab site but I did ask Armando and Dave and, if they send anything interesting my way, I’ll forward to you.


  2. I totally agree Alan. MVS has lots to contribute and the batch management support 30 years later is still better than Windows Server and all the Linux distro’s I’ve seen. They got lots right.

  3. Regarding log distillation:

    THere are a number of ata viz products that are purpose built for pulling significant events out of voluminous logs. Attensity, and other text mining companies, SAS, SAIC, and CA have some interesting live server log visualization stuff. When i was learning IBM JCL, (dont ask when) there were great log review and event tools for simplifying the management of the computing center, I think many of the problems that were solved under VM are just being re-discovered and applied to the cloud.

  4. Frank Ch. Eigler says:

    Have you found a spot on where non-publication technical content (code? demos?) may be viewed by the public?

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