Wednesday, March 28, 2012

4 of 20

The International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) will commemorate its first 20 years with a special proceeding containing the best 20 papers. Rich Wolski, and Steve Fitzgerald, respectively founder and CTO, and VP of Technical Services at Eucalyptus Systems, will each have 2 papers published in that proceeding. Rich will have Forecasting Network Performance To Support Dynamic Scheduling Using The Network Weather Service (NWS) and Scheduling from the Perspective of the Application (AppLeS) while Steve will have Grid Information Services for Distributed Resource Sharing and Application experiences with the Globus toolkit. That is 20% of the papers!

I have been fortunate enough to have been working with them since the mid '90, back when a cloud on a whiteboard meant Internet, and Grid Computing was the pinnacle of Distribute Computing research. In addition to be excellent scientists, Rich and Steve have also been role models, teaching the new generations for more than 15 years. It's hardly a coincidence then, that Rich and Steve are now pushing the boundaries of  knowledge in Cloud Computing with Eucalyptus.

It's hard to overestimate the influence that Rich and Steve have within our organization. For example, in the latest Eucalyptus 3, I can find Rich's fingerprints in the overall architecture, in the attentions to the internal protocols, and Steve's touch in the identity integration (LDAP) and management (EIAM).  They are mentors and role model to all eucalyptoids, for their determination, insights, and skillful leadership each with his own personable yet efficient style.

Edit: check out the full list.