The seminar covers different aspects of "Cloud Computing". All talks will be based on recent relevant research papers.
Regular meetings are on Tuesdays at 14:00-16:00 s.t. in Room 001,
Building E 1.7.
The kickoff meeting will take place on October 19. If you
want to participate in the seminar, you have to attend this meeting
Students who want to attend the seminar should have some
background knowledge in information systems. We recommend that you
have successfully participated in the course
"Informationssysteme" or a course on database
Requirements for the Certificate
Attend all talks - not just your own. We will keep track of participation! If you are sick, please let us know in advance by writing a short mail.
Read your paper and other related literature.
Contact your tutor at least two weeks before your talk and present an intended outline of your talk.
Prepare a 45 minute talk about your topic that introduces
the matter to your fellow students. This is about twice the size of a
regular conference talk, so there should be enough time to present
some background information on the topic. Try to pick the most
interesting, challenging or futuristic contribution(s) from the paper.
You are very welcome to discuss any potential weaknesses or problems
of the paper in your talk. If you are unsure about what to present,
ask your tutor. Note that, even though the conference slides of some
papers are available on the Web, we expect you to prepare your own
slides (which may be, of course, inspired by the original slides).
You must send your slides to and discuss them with your tutor
by the Friday before your talk (by 16:00) at the latest, otherwise your
talk will be cancelled (this is a hard deadline).
Both the slides and the presentation itself must be given in
English. Otherwise, some students will not be able to follow
all talks, which is one of the main purposes of the seminar. After the
presentation, there will be a discussion in which all fellow students
are encouraged to ask questions. We will keep track of your
participation (i.e., if you ask questions) and, of course, the answers
of the presenter.
For each talk, a second student will be preselected as an
opponent. Her or his role is to prepare tough questions to challenge
the paper presented in the talk (not the talk itself or the speaker!).
To make life a little easier, the preliminary version of the slides
will be sent to the opponent on the Friday before the talk. However,
as interaction is an important part of science, we expect that every
participant actively participates in the discussions.
Two weeks after the talk, the presenter has to submit a
written summary of the topic of the talk. The focus of this report
should be on pointing out strengths and weaknesses of the approach
presented in the paper, not just summarizing the paper. The opponent
should provide feedback on the report and proof-read it, before it is
submitted. Reports should be written using this template and no longer than 8
Finally, there will be another meeting with Katja and Klaus to
give feedback on your talk and report.
In other words: Your final grade will be influenced by the
following components: Your oral presentation, the knowledge about your
topic (your answers to questions after the presentation), the
questions you asked as opponent, your general participation in the
seminar, and your two written reports (one in the role of presenter,
one in the role of opponent).
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 14.00: Kick-Off Meeting
Building a Cloud for Yahoo!
B. F. Cooper, E. Baldeschwieler, R. Fonseca, J. J. Kistler, P.P.S. Narayan, C. Neerdaels, T. Negrin, R. Ramakrishnan, A. Silberstein, U. Srivastava, and R. Stata
In IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin 32(1), 2009
Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing
M. Armbrust, A. Fox, R. Griffith, A. D. Joseph, R. Katz, H. Randy, A. Konwinski, G. Lee, D. A. Patterson, A. Rabkin, I. Stoica, M. Zaharia
Technical Report, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.