Atlassian CTO Viswanath talks cloud computing platforms, scale, innovation

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Sri Viswanath, CTO of Atlassian, will outline his vision for the company's cloud platform plan and tech strategy on Tuesday and you can expect a heavy dose of scale and new use cases. Before coming to Atlassian, a collaboration software company, Viswanath spent three years at Groupon when he was CTO. Before Groupon, Viswanath was vice president of research and development for mobile computing at VMware. He also had stints at Ning, Glam and Sun Microsystems. We caught up with Viswanath to talk shop ahead of his appearance at AtlasCamp, Atlassian's developer conference in Barcelona.

How does the Groupon experience apply to Atlassian? Viswanath said that the Groupon provided experience in managing a large number of people at scale. For instance, Groupon had 1,700 people spread across 10 areas across the globe. "That experience was good for learning how to run a large organization at scale," said Viswanath. "It takes a lot of focus and organization to get 1,700 people productive." Atlassian is similar in that its dispersed and global...

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Cloud Computing: Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

Grazed from BusinessKorea. Author: Cho Jin-young.

Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea.

The construction of the new data centers constitutes its Project Natick. That in Busan is scheduled to be the first subsea data center in the world. Busan City is regarded as a perfect choice for the project in that it is home to 90% of submarine power cables in South Korea and a global cloud data center demonstration model.

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Cloud Computing: Wireless - the next generation

Grazed from Economist. Author: Editorial Staff.

THE future is already arriving, it is just a question of knowing where to look. On Changshou Road in Shanghai, eagle eyes may spot an odd rectangular object on top of an office block: it is a collection of 128 miniature antennae. Pedestrians in Manhattan can catch a glimpse of apparatus that looks like a video camera on a stand, but jerks around and has a strange, hornlike protrusion where the lens should be. It blasts a narrow beam of radio waves at buildings so they can bounce their way to the receiver. The campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, is dotted with 44 antennae, which form virtual wireless cells that follow a device around.

These antennae are vanguards of a new generation of wireless technologies. Although the previous batch, collectively called “fourth generation”, or 4G, is still being rolled out in many countries, the telecoms industry has already started working on the next, 5G. On February 12th AT&T, America’s second-largest mobile operator, said it would begin testing whether prototype 5G circuitry works indoors, following similar news in September from Verizon, the number one...

Microsoft's Philanthropy Unit to Donate $1B Toward Cloud Computing Technologies

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Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella announced a new three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft's cloud computing resources serve the public good. As part of this initiative the recently formed Microsoft Philanthropies will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services, measured at fair market value, to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.

Microsoft's three-part commitment focuses on ensuring the cloud can serve the public good in the broadest sense by providing additional cloud resources to nonprofits, increasing access for university researchers and helping solve last-mile Internet access challenges. "Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who on Wednesday will speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...

Cloud Computing: Intel Metamaterials Breakthrough

Grazed from EETimes. Author: R. Colin Johnson.

A metamaterial breakthrough has been funded by Intel at the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab at National Taiwan University here. By folding a metamaterial up into the third dimension (3D), Intel has funded a breakthrough in noise suppression--specifically quelling electro-magnetic interference (EMI) thus enabling easier electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) of next-generation high-speed interfaces.

The Intel/NTU's breakthrough is a single sub-millimeter sized component that replaces bulky traditional shielding by suppressing noise at each source by 20dB, according to Professor Tzong-Lin Wu, an IEEE Fellow and Director of the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE) at NTU...

Cloud Computing: Which Company Earned The Most US Patents In 2015?

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Brendan McDermid.

Technology giant International Business Machines Corporation won more U.S. patents than any other company in 2015, landing 7,355 grants. That works out to about 20 patents a day, including weekends. The designs range from an artificial neural network meant to serve as a computer processor to a newfangled authentication system that could lock a bank account if it detects fear or nervousness as someone makes a purchase.

Together, the concepts shadow the company’s emphasis on its fast-growing cloud platform and cognitive computing technologies. Over 2,000 of the new patents came from those two segments. But while it’s tempting to think of patents as a proxy for innovation, experts say that’s not always the case. Patents can also be used as a litigation tool or a way to secure hefty licensing fees...

One of our generation's "most brilliant geeks" on cloud-computing and Bill Gates comparisons

Grazed from MIT. Author: Adam Conner-Simons.

CSAIL researcher Matei Zaharai was recently profiled by The Economist in a story about the state of cloud-computing start-ups. Zaharia is co-founder of Databricks, a promising startup whose data-crunching technology Spark has drawn the attention of prominent developers, as well as a little company called IBM.

From The Economist:

“When my hair gets long, I kind of look like him.” Matei Zaharia jokingly evades the question about what he thinks of being compared to Bill Gates. But the 30-year-old Romanian-Canadian computer scientist is indeed reminiscent of Microsoft’s former boss in his early days: he is considered one of the most brilliant geeks of his generation; he has developed an exciting new technology, called Spark, to crunch data; and he is one of the founders of a promising startup, Databricks...

Cloud Computing: Firefly Algorithm Analyzes Online Social Networks, Predicts Loyalty

Grazed from ScientificComputing.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Online social networking generates vast quantities of data that might be useful to the service providers, advertising agencies, and even the users of the networks themselves. Writing in the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, researchers in India describe an approach to establishing new connections in a network using what they refer to as a “firefly swarm approach.”
Ebin Deni Raj and Dhinesh Babu of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, VIT University, in Tamil Nadu, explain that the emergence of social computing, especially in the face of the advent of cloud computing, opens up new ways to extract, analyze and use big data from online networks...

The Case For Cloud: Open Innovation and A New Model

Grazed from Circulate. Author: Seb Egerton.

A recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) paints a picture of a rapidly expanding cloud sector. While the evolution of cloud technology is most commonly associated with a combination of ‘cool’ new gadgets and concerns over security risks, there are growing indications that cloud technology will have a broader impact on the global economy and in particular, in supporting the development of new innovation.

According to the IDC’s latest study, there is a growing interest from industry in exploiting cloud technology as a part of wider digital transformations. The report predicts that public cloud computing will reach $70 billion before the end of 2015 with 45% of that total market spend accounted for across five main sectors: discrete manufacturing, banking, professional services, process manufacturing and retail...

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Carbon Sciences Using Graphene to Improve Cloud Computing Performance

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Carbon Sciences Inc., focused on developing breakthrough technologies based on graphene, the new miracle material, today commented further on it plans to develop graphene-based devices for cloud computing. Graphene-based fiber optics components, such as photodetectors, fiber lasers and optical switches are expected to unclog the existing bottlenecks and enable ultrafast communication in data centers for Cloud computing.
The Problem
Fiber optics technology is the backbone of the Internet. With the observed and predicted explosive growth of Internet data -- as a result of Cloud-based services such as Netflix, Facebook, Google and many more -- the fundamental speed limits of current state-of-the-art fiber optic materials are being reached...