UCSC Talk:Computing: Industry, Research and inventing the Future


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UCSC Talk:Computing: Industry, Research and inventing the Future

  1. 1. Computing: Industry, Research and inventing the Future Srinath Perera, Ph.D. Director, Research
  2. 2. Computing is Omnipresent • It is everywhere – like Math • Do a Ph.D. in any field, 50% time you will program • 3rd Pillar of science (beside theory and experimentation) – All science are becoming computer science – Simulations and analysis – Large data analysis http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/66659 55101/
  3. 3. Backed by very Strong Industry • High tech companies (profit) – Apple 44B$ – Microsoft 16B$ – Intel 11B$ – Google 10B$ – Oracle 10B$ • Start up culture and VC funds http://www.flickr.com/photos/stars6/4381851322/
  4. 4. Few Good ideas can change the World • Google – digitize and search all the data • Apple – redefine digital experience • Amazon – redefine retail and cloud computing • Facebook – connect people
  5. 5. Think Outside the box • What is the fastest way to get 10 petabytes from here to Jaffna? – Assuming 10Gb network, 83 days to copy a 1PB • How can you collect data from sensors in Artic?
  6. 6. Does that work in SL?
  7. 7. WSO2 as a Casestudy • Opensource • Middleware Product Company • 350+ Employees • Funded by Intel Capital, Quest Software and now Cisco • 30+ doing Ph.D.
  8. 8. Performance • Message mediation and ESB • Achieved by simple idea • We were and are the fastest around
  9. 9. Multi-tenancy • Idea of virtual servers within physical servers. • We are one of the few who have real deep multi-tenancy. • Key to be the platform for a Large Airplane manufacturer
  10. 10. Complex Event Processing • Making Sense of data in streaming fashion • WSO2 Siddhi, initially final year project from MRT, written by people just like you. • Now fastest opensource CEP Engine around, can process millions of events per second. • Used by top brands
  11. 11. Parting thoughts • One man can take a horse to water, but ten cannot make it drink. • Remember the difference between theoretician and an engineer. • Key to innovation is not the time you said “Euraka” rather when you says “this is fishy” • Never argue over something you can verify with 10 minutes of coding
  12. 12. It is exiting time to be alive • Go for it, you are the best and brightest SL has to offer, so if you did not, no one else will. who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.