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Michael Tighe
Journals & Conferences - I believe we should compile a list of conferences and journals related to our research area, and then post this list on the DiGS wiki. I know that I myself have a limited knowledge of the relevant journals and conferences in my area. Let's collect suggestions here and then create a page on the wiki!
ICAS - International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems - Michael Tighe
ICAC - International Conference on Autonomic Computing - Michael Tighe
NOMS - Network Operations and Management Symposium - Gaston Keller
MACE - Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments - Gaston Keller
Important Conferences and Journals (from the old Digs website - updated) Manweek: * IEEE Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments (MACE) * Distributed Systems and Operation Management Workshop (DSOM) * IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS) * IEEE/IFIP International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM) * IEEE International Workshop on... more... - Bradley P Simmons
PGGRID, CCGRID :) - Karthick R
Let me also point out IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Management of Networks and Services. This year it will be held in Niagara Falls. Paper due dates are in May. - Hanan Lutfiyya
do you have a link to a website or anything for that conference? I can't seem to find any info... - Michael Tighe
Mike, here you are: . Although it seems the 2010 website hasn't been created yet. - Gaston Keller
Gaston Keller
Great device! Extremely portable e-reader ( If only you could take notes on that thing... =)
I am also waiting to see how apple tablet looks like.. Releasing on Jan 27th :) - Karthick R
Lovely device; Now can I fold it and put it in my purse (or some other bag). - Hanan Lutfiyya
Michael Tighe
Storing Data on the Internet is Ignorant and Silly!!! Well, at least according to this guy. When will we be able to trust the "cloud" enough to really use it?
So... what do you think of that article? I know you use Cloud Storage... ;-) - Gaston Keller
I agree with it for the most part. I'm not comfortable keeping my files exclusively in the cloud... for me it's not a privacy worry, but a reliability and accessibility issue. I do use cloud storage, but it's used for sync between machines, and there are copies of everything on every computer I use (school, home desktop, laptop). I need offline access. I DO use gmail for all of my emailing needs, and that is cloud only... I would actually love to have a local copy of it all. - Michael Tighe
The author of the article isn't wrong but he seems to assume that most users (or their organizations) reliably store their information. Is it more or less reliable to keep things in cloud storage vs. local means. - Hanan Lutfiyya
It is an interesting read. As Hanan points out, the author makes an assumption that users reliably store their information reliably. Most of us don't even have a backup :). My confidence on cloud storage is increasing day by day. For me, the company is well equipped to take daily backups of the data or for restoring my data for that matter, as it is their reputation at stake. It can... more... - Karthick R
I'll agree, I'm pretty confident in the use of clouds as backup and synchronization. I'm not confident about using them as the only location of my information... besides the fact that I want to be able to access my files when I'm not connected to the internet, these big sites DO go down from time to time... gmail has gone down on me several times that I can remember, and it's frustrating. This is one of the things that keeps me skeptical about Chrome OS. - Michael Tighe
Hamza Ghandorh
Firefox Exec Rejects Google Privacy Stance, Pushes Users to Bing.
"Bing does have a better privacy policy than Google." -- never thought I would hear Firefox exec saying something nice about Microsoft; - Hanan Lutfiyya
The executive is known to take extreme statements.. He is one of the few who talks about Google monopoly of search and other web services.. Interesting.. - Karthick R
Michael Tighe
Eucalyptus, an open-source cloud implementation. It's not BRAND new, but if you haven't checked it out, take a look. It is the technology running the Ubuntu Cloud platform in Ubuntu 9.10. I haven't looked too deep, but they have a couple of papers, docs, and source code for dl. I say we build ourselves a cloud ;)
You mean... in the lab 336, as Mike (Bauer) suggested yesterday? =D - Gaston Keller
yes, yes I do. - Michael Tighe
I've heard that the Ubuntu makes this pretty easy now provided that the target machines have enough resources. - Hanan Lutfiyya
This is a 2008-paper that talks about the process of building an actual _private cloud_. Flexiscale - Next Generation Datacentre Management ( Maybe we can take some ideas for building our own _private cloud_. =P - Gaston Keller
Check CERAS ( In theory, they have a private cloud for their research. In practice, I haven't read of it yet. =P - Gaston Keller
Michael Tighe
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good linux or cross-platform diagramming tool to do some quick basic UML diagramming? Just the basic stuff, class & sequence diagrams. In the past I have not been able to find anything I like, so I thought the group might have some favourites to share.
Hmm.. this is something, I have been always longed for. Mac has some very primitive tools.! I have to say, havent found anything close to Microsoft Visio. Visio was so much easy to use. People any suggestions? - Karthick R
My suggestion was Visio. It's free for UWO students (you can download it from the MSDN) and it does have a lot of features for UML diagrams. - Hanan Lutfiyya
yes, Visio is what I usually end up going with, and I do like it, I was just hoping for something available for linux. Thanks. - Michael Tighe
Dia - Diagram Editor is the one I use: - Gaston Keller
I just got visio up and running under wine in Ubuntu without much of an issue. So far so good. Worth a look! - Karthick R
Michael Tighe
I found an excellent app for managing research papers. It has a lot of great features for organization, tagging, automatic data extraction, adding notes and highlights to pdfs... it also allows you to store your pdfs and meta-data in the cloud for retrieval and synchronization from multiple machines. Check it out.
I like this. This could potentially be a very powerful productivity tool. - Hanan Lutfiyya is worth a look too. I think I am zeroing in for this with the files going into my dropbox folder, for automatic backup reasons..! Mendeley is impressive too, Papers just has more features, like in product search, reading, taking notes and in Mac Papers looks more stable! - Karthick R
mendeley has the reading and notes as well, and can watch a folder to automatically add new files as well. I would absolutely check out Papers, but alas, it is Mac only. - Michael Tighe
I was just told about this extension for Firefox: . Useful? - Gaston Keller
could be, it was recommended to me by a friend of mine at Fog Creek, he said all the guys there swear by it. I took a brief look at it a little while ago and was annoyed by the in-firefox interface a bit, but that might just be my short attention span talking. Probably worth checking out. - Michael Tighe
Karthick R
A very interesting project spawned off by Stanford. RAMCloud (
wow, that's a very cool idea. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. - Michael Tighe
Yeah this is going to be interesting. However as the site points out there are some open questions, that needs to be answered, How different is it going to be from other systems when you have no cache miss at all? Arent facebook/google already doing this at some level? - Karthick R
I had a quick look at this paper -- very interesting. I think Facebook does do caching but don't they essentially cache requests of queries (typical database queries) while RAMCloud uses key-value pair for queries which is faster then typical database queries (even if the results of these queries are cached. It will be interesting to see how this progresses. - Hanan Lutfiyya
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