[NRG] Reminder: Engineering for a Trustworthy Cloud @ Wed Oct 6 3pm - 4pm (NRG at BU)

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Title: Engineering for a Trustworthy Cloud
Title Engineering for a Trustworthy Cloud

     Abstract: Engineering is a combination of science, economics, and  
timing.  For the most part, things move along with a steady pace of  
incremental innovation enlarging existing markets, lowering costs, and  
opening new markets.  But periodically all three underpinnings move in  
unison and there is a flowering of innovation to locate and grow on a new  
equilibrium point.  As with all the previous innovation/disruptions the  
transition to The Cloud will draw on what we already know, but it takes  
place under unique conditions that will force us to create new engineering  
processes and redirect the energies of existing disciplines.  It is easy as  
engineers to concentrate on the obvious issues of building a system to the  
scale envisioned by a public cloud offering, and this is critically  
important work.  But scale is only one dimension on which a disruptive  
change has taken place in the environment.  The other disruptive change is  
that these cloud systems are part of a global critical infrastructure, and  
one that will inevitably become as much part of daily life as have water,  
transportation, energy, and telecommunications systems.

     Just like these other infrastructures, The Cloud will come in many  
forms (trains, planes, automobiles, public, private, on-premise and  
government clouds).  In exchange for legal protections (spam and virus  
generation as forms of fraud or theft, binding contracts with digital  
signatures) there will be regulations (network neutrality, data  
portability).  Business models will require service level agreements that  
will alter engineering investments (data corruption and insider attacks  
will have dramatic financial and potentially legal consequences).  The  
engineering challenge, then, is to identify what is required to provide a  
system that can be operated reliably, globally, and inexpensively at scale,  
with the kinds of security, auditing, and privacy controls that will give  
consumers, companies, and governments a sense of trust in the overall  

     Short Bio: Jim Miller, Sr. Director of Technology Policy and Strategy,  
works in the office of the CTO to understand the implications of technology  
trends on society and public policy five or more years into the future.   
His goal is to establish a set of global conversations around these  
implications to clarify policy objectives and ensure that technology,  
legislation, and regulation can function together to achieve them.

     Jim was previously a Partner Architect on Microsoft’s Developer  
Frameworks (DevFX) and Common Language Runtime (CLR) teams. He worked on  
architectural changes to allow innovation in the core of the CLR and the  
managed Frameworks while preserving backward compatibility.  He also served  
as liaison with the academic, research, and compiler communities.

     Jim holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and served on the faculty  
at Brandeis University as well as on the research staff at MIT.  He has  
been on the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation and the Open  
Software Foundation.  Before joining Microsoft, he was on the senior  
management team of the World Wide Web Consortium, reporting to Tim  
Berners-Lee and in charge of work on security, electronic commerce, child  
protection, privacy protection, accessibility, and intellectual property  

     Jim joined Microsoft in 1998, leading the program management team for  
the kernel of the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR).  His responsibility  
included garbage collection, metadata definition and file formats,  
intermediate language (IL) definition, IL-to-native code compilation, and  
remote objects.  He also serves as editor for ECMA TC39/TG3, which is  
charged with creating an international standard for a Common Language  
Infrastructure.  To validate this standard, Jim helped create the Shared  
Source CLI (also known as Rotor), a complete implementation of the  
standard, runnable on Windows, Macintosh, and Unix operating systems,  
available in source form for teaching and non-commercial purposes.

Host: Azer Bestavros

When: Wed Oct 6 3pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Where: MCS-135
Calendar: NRG at BU
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