JULY 9-11
Zhang Jia Jie, Hunan, China

Keynote Speakers


Professor Kai Hwang,
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
University of Southern California, USA

Talk: Virtual Clusters for Grid, Cloud, and High-performance Computing

Dr. Kai Hwang is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of Internet and P2P/Cloud Computing Laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC). He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972. Prior to joining USC in 1985, he has taught at Purdue University for many years. He has served as a visiting Chief Scientist at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences during 2008. Presently, he also serves as as an EMC-endowed visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. An IEEE Fellow, he specializes in computer architecture, parallel processing, Internet security, and distributed computing systems. He has published 8 books and over 210 scientific papers in these areas. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He is also on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed System. He has lectured worldwide and performed advisory work for IBM, Intel, MIT Lincoln Lab., JPL in Caltech, Academia Sinica in China, ETL in Japan, GMD in Germany, and INRIA in France.

Professor Ethan Miller,
Computer Science,
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Talk: TBA

Dr. Ethan Miller is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is the Associate Director of the Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC). He received his ScB from Brown in 1987 and his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1995, and has been on the UC Santa Cruz faculty since 2000. He has written over 90 papers covering topics such as archival storage, file systems for high-end computing, metadata and information retrieval, file systems performance, secure file systems, and distributed systems. His current research projects, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy via the Petascale Data Storage Institute, and industry support for the SSRC, include long-term archival storage systems, metadata, indexing, and security for petabyte-scale storage systems, and file systems for non-volatile RAM technologies. Prof. Miller's broader interests include file systems, parallel and distributed systems, operating systems, and computer security. In addition to research and teaching in storage systems and operating systems, Prof. Miller has worked with industry to help move research results into commercial use at companies such as Symantec and NetApp. Further information on Professor Miller is available at

Professor Lionel M. Ni,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Talk: From Data Collection to Knowledge Discovery

Dr. Lionel M. Ni is Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and AF Professor at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is Chief Scientist of the China National 973 Program on wireless sensor networks, Director of HKUST MOE/MSRA IT Key Lab, and Director of HKUST Digital Life Research Center. Dr. Ni earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 1980. A fellow of IEEE, Dr. Ni has chaired over 30 professional conferences, delivered over 30 keynote speeches, produced 37 Ph.D. students, won six best paper awards, and published three books. According to Google scholar, his research papers, covering high performance computing, high speed networking, distributed systems, mobile computing, and pervasive computing, have been cited for over 5000 times.


    Dr. Peter J. Braam,
    Braam Research, USA

    Talk: TBA

Dr. Peter Braam is a specialist in distributed file systems and runs Braam Research, a small research group focusing on distributed storage software. He was the founder and CEO of Cluster File Systems, Inc which, without outside investments, developed the Lustre file system. Lustre now powers almost half of the worlds top 100 computers and has achieved outstanding bandwidth and scalability goals. CFS and Lustre were acquired by Sun in Oct 2007, where Peter served as a vice president finishing the transition and advising Sun on storage software strategy. Apart from Lustre he is also known for work on the Coda and InterMezzo file systems.
He received his PhD in 1987 in pure mathematics and subsequently worked with top scientists while holding tenured faculty positions at Utah and Oxford where he began to teach Computer Science in 1992. He joined Carnegie Mellon's faculty in 1996 where he led the Coda project for 3 years. In 1999 he began to commit most of his time to the Linux industry as a part time Cluster and File Systems Architect for Red Hat. Peter has a strong interest and qualifications in software design and architecture methodology and works on this with the SEI.