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Keynotes: Towards software-defined data analytics

Jose A. B. Fortes

Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory,
University of Florida

Keynote Session Chair:
HJ Siegel, Colorado State University

Towards software-defined data analytics


The confluence of virtualization technologies for computing and networking and the emergence of cloud-based computing models have made it possible to quickly deploy large scale data-analytics systems with considerable information processing and storage capabilities. These systems can be managed by software, where the term “managed” has broad meaning that includes the creation, operation and destruction of systems. We are currently witnessing a transition from provider-configured data-analytic systems to software-defined systems that leverage open management interfaces to allow users to both define and manage these systems. This talk will review the fundamental aspects of the technologies driving this transformation, provide some examples of systems made possible by them and extrapolate directions of work and research needed to advance software-defined data-analytics systems.


José A.B. Fortes is the AT&T Eminent Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Florida where he founded and is the Director of the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory.
He received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado State University, Fort Collins in 1981 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1984. From 1984 until 2001 he was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering of Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2001 he joined both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering of the University of Florida as Professor and BellSouth Eminent Scholar. From July 1989 through July 1990 he served at the National Science Foundation as director of the Microelectronics Systems Architecture program. From June 1993 till January 1994 he was a Visiting Professor at the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
His research is in the areas of distributed computing, autonomic computing, computer architecture, parallel processing and fault-tolerant computing. He has authored or coauthored over 250 technical papers and has lead the development and deployment of Cloud and Grid-computing software used in several cyberinfrastructures for e-Science and digital government. His research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, AT&T Foundation, IBM, General Electric, Intel, Northrop-Grumman, Army Research Office, NASA, Semiconductor Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation.
José Fortes is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). José Fortes is on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, International Journal on Parallel Programming and the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing.