WINTER SEMINAR 291A
CSE INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE ON
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00-12:20, APM 4301
(First meeting: Monday January 13)
The CSE department is launching a new initiative on "Internet Computing".
By Internet Computing, we mean highly network-integrated computing on the
Internet, where, rather than relying on local computing resources, users
buy their computing power (and information) on demand from Internet service
providers, with the expectation that this will lead to a thriving large-scale
electronic-information market economy. In this seminar, we will explore
topics in various areas of computer science that support the Internet
Computing paradigm, raising questions like:
What kind of system infrastructure - e.g. agent-based computing, active
networks - best supports Internet Computing?
What security mechanisms are needed for electronic commerce, software and
information privacy, integrity, and authentication?
How might you write programs that run on the Internet? How do you debug
and test them, and measure their performance?
What does the user interface look like? Given that the Internet will provide
the computing power for applications, perhaps the user's local access device
(e.g. a wireless PDA or network appliance) can be devoted to multimedia I/O?
If you are a service provider, how do you provide a reliable fault-tolerant
service worth buying? How do you insure quality of service?
What is the best way to do information retrieval, say using content-based
queries on multimedia information? How do you best search the Internet?
How do you support the high-end user who requires massive computing power
that presumably can (only) be obtained by aggregating thousands or millions
of network computing resources?
How do you support "Internet enterprises", i.e. groups of distributed users
with a common goal (e.g. a virtual corporation) that require collaboration
and other types of software tools?
If you are a student interested in taking this seminar for credit, you
will be asked to research various topics on a weekly basis for informal
presentation at our brainstorming sessions.