Orran Krieger : 2009 Plenary Meeting


Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"VMware's vCloud Initiative"


Done right, cloud computing can be used for all applications, change how we develop and deploy applications, enable new hardware, OSes and programming models, and enable new models for computer services. Cloud computing can fundamentally change our industry. However, to achieve this potential, we need to harness and facilitate the innovation of a broad industry and research community. Done wrong, cloud computing will have limited applicability and result in vendor lock in. I will discuss VMware's vision of cloud computing, technologies behind the vCloud initiative, and related research challenges.


Orran Krieger is a Senior Staff Engineer at VMware working on cloud computing and an adjunct associate professor in computer science at CMU. From 1996 to 2007, he was the manager of the advanced operating system research team at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received a BASc from the University of Ottawa in 1985, a MASc from the University of Toronto in 1989, and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1994, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was one of the main architects and developers of the Hurricane, Tornado and K42 operating systems, and has made significant contributions to several production and research hypervisors and computer systems/architectures. He has a numerous publications and patents.