HP Labs researchers among IT luminaries who presented at Open Cirrus™ Summit

Cloud computing consortium meeting brings together big thinkers in IT


Representatives from HP Labs were among several technology thought leaders who presented at the Open Cirrus Summit, Jan. 28–29 at the Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, Calif. Open Cirrusnon-hp site is a cloud computing research consortium sponsored by HP, Intel and Yahoo, in collaboration with seven other leading computer science research institutions around the globe.

Chandrakant Patel, HP Senior Fellow and director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, presented “Cloud and the Sustainable IT Ecosystem non-hp site,” which explores a new model for more sustainable IT systems, while HP Labs researchers Rick McGeer, Yuan Chen and Priya Mahadevan, Vanish Talwar and Niraj Tolia presented updates on their respective research projects. Links to their individual presentations, as well as the January 2010 Open Cirrus Summit agenda, can be found here non-hp site.

“Open Cirrus is making significant progress as a research consortium, as evidenced by the amount of activity occurring at our test bed sites, the variety of research being conducted, and the quality of the people and institutions participating,” says Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice President, Research and Director, HP Labs Hewlett Packard Company.

First biannual meeting of 2010 generates strong turnout

Approximately 80 individuals from academic and private sector institutions attended the Open Cirrus Summit. Notable presenters at the event included Randy Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Karsten Schwan, professor and director, Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology; and senior researchers from Intel and Yahoo.

According to Dejan Milojicic, senior research manager at HP Labs, the Open Cirrus Summit was a successful and vibrant event. “We had an excellent turnout, with all 10 consortium data center sites participating,” Milojicic says. “But more importantly, there was a very productive dialogue among the attendees, and we were able to hear detailed updates on many of the research projects under way.”

Citing growing interest in Open Cirrus, Milojicic says that four new consortium test bed sites are in the process of joining.

Mission of Open Cirrus™

The goals of Open Cirrus non-hp site are to encourage research into all aspects of service and data center management. The consortium is built around a cloud computing test bed composed of 10 data centers distributed around the globe, which account for more than 1,000 cores. Open Cirrus aims to foster a collaborative community through which members can share expertise, tools and resources, and best practices, as well as ways to benchmark and compare alternative approaches to large-scale data center service management. Open Cirrus is the only cloud computing test bed that supports research spanning systems, applications, services, open-source development and data centers.

Leading computer science research organizations bolster Open Cirrus™ efforts

Open Cirrus™ research partners include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Carnegie Mellon University, The Russian Academy of Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, MIMOS, The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Learn more about conducting research with Open Cirrus.™ non-hp site