Welcome and Introductions

Jim Lautenbach
IBM, Client Director for Public Sector

Title: Welcome and Introductions

Bio: Jim is responsible for all government and education customers in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.  Beginning in 2009, he also assumed responsibility for a Healthcare team that supports HCSC, Baxter, Abbott and Hewitt.  In this role, Jim is responsible for revenue, profit and customer satisfaction across the entire IBM portfolio.
Jim began his career in sales with IBM in 1974 in Washington, DC.  He also worked in White Plains, NY before moving to Chicago in 1984.  He has had numerous sales and management positions throughout his career, but has been in Public Sector since 1993.
Jim is a 1974 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance.


Dr.Russell Betts
IIT, Dean of College of Science and Letters


Title: Welcome and Introductions

Bio: Dr. R. Russell Betts, Ph.D., joins IIT from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he served as vice provost for planning and programs and professor of physics.
Betts earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Oxford University. A professor of physics at UIC since 1993, Betts also was a physicist and senior physicist at Argonne National Laboratory from 1979-1999. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of physics at Yale University, where he worked in the A. W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory.
Dr. Betts' research interests have been wide-ranging in the fields of atomic, nuclear and high-energy physics. His work is well known in the study of cluster structure in atomic nuclei, and he discovered several important phenomena in this field. As spokesman of the APEX experiment at Argonne, he spearheaded the U.S. effort to resolve one of the most tantalizing problems of atomic and nuclear physics - the well-known "Positron Peak Problem." Most recently, he led a UIC group in studies of high-energy density QCD matter (quark matter) at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He is co-author of over 200 articles and book chapters and has delivered more than 50 invited conference and symposium presentations at national and international meetings.


Mary Olson


Title: High-Level Overview of Cloud in Education; Update on Cloud Academy ppt

Bio:Mary Olson has worked in the IT industry for 28 years, starting her career working for a University then State Government.  After earning her Masters degree, she joined IBM.  She has spent the last 20 years covering multiple industries including, Education, Healthcare, Utilities, Industrial, Financial and Retail clients.   Mary has held a variety of world wide sales, marketing, and program management roles.  She is currently responsible for Education Solutions for K-12, Higher Ed, and State Departments of Education.  As Senior State Executive for Montana, Mary maintains strong relationships with Education, Government and Business Leaders in the State.  She has served on the University of Montana's President's Advisory Council for 12 years and is a Trustee with the UM Foundation.  She is a board member emeriti and past president of the Montana Council for Economic Education.  Mary also serves on the CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) Initiative for Open Standards in Education.

Jeff Gibbs


Title:IBM Academic Initiative; Academic Skills Cloud ppt

Bio:With over thirty years experience in the technology field, Jeff has gained a broad industry perspective through assignments in sales, marketing, finance, software, services and consulting.  As a result, he can provide insights on what to expect and how to prepare for today’s continuously changing business world.  Jeff has worked with a variety of clients in the U.S. and internationally:  Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures, government entities, and educational institutions.
Currently, Jeff works as a Relationship Manager for IBM’s Academic Initiative program, working with faculty throughout the Midwest to help shape curriculum that reflects skills needs for the 21st century.  Jeff holds a B.S. in Education from the The Ohio State University and an MBA from The University of Dayton.

Dr.Si Mcaleer


Title: Cloud Defined/Key Cloud Offerings; ppt Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)/HPC Example ppt

Bio: Simeon McAleer, who goes by Si, has been with IBM for the past seven years after receiving his PhD. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He joined IBM as a member of the Life Sciences Emerging Business Organization and assisted universities, bio techs, and large pharmaceutical companies with their drug discovery computational needs. From there he moved to the IBM Linux Clusters team where he worked on systems such as the one for the National Genographic Project for the National Geographic Society. Si then joined the IBM Digital Media Team where he covered such areas as IPTV, On-line Gaming, digital content creation and management, and digital video surveillance. For the past four years, Si worked as an IT Architect on the Deep Computing Public Sector team covering the High Performance computational and storage needs for Higher Education and Life Science accounts. He currently works as a solution specialist covering many of the Smarter Planet solutions including Public Safety, Government, Energy Grid, Buildings, Healthcare, and Cloud Computing.

Dr.Xian-He Sun
Department of Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology

Title: Cloud and Data: A New Beginning ppt

Bio: Dr. Xian-He Sun is a professor of Computer Science and the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He received his BS in Mathematics in 1982 from Beijing Normal University, P.R. China, and completed his MS in Mathematics, MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1985, 1987, and 1990, respectively, all from Michigan State University. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Ames National Laboratory, a staff scientist at the ICASE, NASA Langley Research Center, an ASEE fellow at the US Navy Research Laboratories, and was an associate professor and the founding director of the Scalable Computing Software laboratory in the Department of Computer Science, Louisiana State University before he joined the Computer Science Department, IIT in August 1999. Currently he is a professor at IIT, a guest faculty in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at the Argonne National Laboratory, a visiting scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the director of the Scalable Computing Software laboratory at IIT. His research interests include parallel and distributed processing, system software, performance evaluation, and high end computing.

Bill Kramer

University of Illinois

Title: The Blue Waters Project and More ppt

Bio: Bill Kramer has spent his career finding, catalyzing, and managing change in HPC. Early in his career he helped field the first, production Unix-based supercomputer, and he has continued to work to design and commission some of the most innovative and successful computers of the past twenty years: during his career he has fielded twenty large supers, 7 of which have been in the top 5 of the Top500. Kramer’s career choices have always drawn him to our community’s leading organizations, places that were changing something fundamental about what it means to be a supercomputer center. But he isn’t about change just for the sake of change: for Kramer it is a way to make sure that he stays fresh, and does the best job he can for the people he is leading, and for the people who use his systems.
Today Bill Kramer is the deputy project director and co-principal investigator for the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. This is ground zero for the first sustained PFLOPS (10+ PFLOPS peak) supercomputing center dedicated to diverse science and engineering; but it’s not really about the computer. Over the past several years Bill and his team have been focused on building the facility and designing a system that, when finally turned on next year, will probably be the largest system for open science in the world. But if you’ve been following what the Blue Waters team has been doing you’ll see that they have taken a radically different approach to the launch of this capability into the community.

Dr.Ian Foster
Computation Institute
University of Chicago

Title: The View and Practice from University of Chicago ppt

Bio:Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science. Ian received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures. Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a co-founder of Univa UD, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions.

Dr.Peter Dinda

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Northwestern University


Title: Distributed and Parallel Systems Research at Northwestern University ppt

Bio:Peter Dinda is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, and head of its Computer Engineering and Systems division, which includes 17 faculty members.  He holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a  Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.  He works in experimental computer systems, particularly parallel and distributed systems.  His research currently involves virtualization for distributed and parallel computing (v3vee.org and virtuoso.cs.northwestern.edu), programming languages for sensor networks (absynth-project.org), and empathic systems for bridging individual user satisfaction and systems-level decision-making (empathicsystems.org).    More information can be found at pdinda.org.

Dr.Giovanni Pacifici

Senior Manager,Massively Distributed Systems, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Title: IBM Research Perspective on Cloud ppt

Bio:Giovanni Pacifici received his Research Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Laurea cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1989 and 1984.
He is Senior Manager of Massively Distributed Systems in IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He is leading a research program to radically simplify application and system management tasks using virtualization technology.He started the research efforts around virtualization technology several years ago and virtualization is now a key initiative for IBM Research and in May 2007.
He was manager of Service Management Middleware Department in IBM T.J. Watson Research Center from 2000 to 2005. He led the research team responsible for the design, prototype and evaluation of performance management systems for cluster-based Web infrastructures. Developed flow and admission control technology for managing the response time of web applications.
From 1995 to 2000, he was research staff member in IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He worked in the team that built the first prototype of a system to control a conferencing bridge via browsers to reserve,attend and monitor conference calls. The system included a Java and Javascript-based application for platform independent sharing and makup of HTML documents. The markup system was capable of directly annotating HTML documents displayed inside the browser’s window. During this time, he led the team in Player Independent Content Protection and Digital Content Distribution over Broadcast Channels. Pioneered the concept of player independent content protection.
He was research scientist, Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia University from 1989 to 1995. Pioneered the traffic modeling and control for high-speed networks. Showed the limitation of the then widely used theoretical models to predict the behavior of high-speed communication systems carrying video and voice traffic.