Archive for the ‘Grid’ Category

I, Leftover

July 6, 2006


Web2.0 gives power to the people, but those who talk about it are mostly interested in how the newly empowered people could be re-tamed and harnessed (what a horrible word) into a huge, faceless mass of buyers.

How do we make money from Open Source? When will Jimmy milk the Wikipedia cow? How do we harness the billion 50 cents? In other words, the mainstream discussion is always evolving around the “show me the money” and “where’s the business model”, with the underlying assumption that the right to exist (and to be empowered) should only be granted to money-generating objects.

Somehow, Prof. Benkler succeeded in discussing Grid, Wikipedia, Skype, Open Source and Citizen Media without falling into the “show me the money” trap. There was a different, human undertone to his lecture and I think it’s the first time I heard a web2.0 talk that really empowered me for what I am, i.e. a leftover.

I, Leftover.

The leftovers are taking over; the residuals and the idles are beating up the stronger and the brighter. It’s the time of the “Ordinaries” (and some are absolutely abhorred by that).

This is the real change, as so far the leftovers were only valuable because of their money. No one expected nor wanted them to contribute. “Contribution” has always been institutionalized, and research was always funded by econo-political interests.

But now the power to decide is at the hands of “I, Leftover”. When “I, Leftover” downloads a SETI@Home screensaver, she’s not only contributing processing power to a noble cause, but also making the SETI@Home project possible. When “I, Leftover” uses Skype, he’s not only saving money, but also helping to bring free voice to everybody, by making Skype possible (because of Skype’s p2p nature).

My point is that great things are now dependent on individual, layman decisions. I, as a leftover, find it encouraging.


podcastIcon1.gif Yochai Benkler – Participation Revolution, 33:32, 15.3 mb, Oct 21st, 2005

Original Podlink: Participation Revolution

technorati1.jpg Technorati Yochai Benkler, Technorati the Podlink


Scripting and the Real-Time Enterprise – Scott Mace and Peter Yared

February 23, 2006


The social network of “scripting” (Ousterhout, Dave Winer, ScriptingNews, Open Source, Wikipedia, Tagging, Ruby, LAMP…) has a compelling, seductive power in an era where there’s no Time, as it offers means for rapid creation and assimilation of ideas (through the Blogosphere), standards (micro-formats), tools (open source) and products (mash-ups). And while not everyone of us is a code scripter, many of us are content-taggers, which is an equivalent to “Ontology-scripting”. So we’re scripters.

Yet, when it comes to the Real-Time Enterprise, a conflict emerges between the Quicky Culture of coding and the Managerial Culture of operating the code (as manifested in two similar design-principles: “Design for Operations” and “Design for Failures”). Scripts and Enterprise-Grade Products & Services are, therefore, considered antipodes.

ActiveGrid, an Enterprise-Grade scripting IDE and run-time environment, aspires at mitigating the gap between these two cultures. Without judging the quality of ActiveGrid development and runtime environment, nor its positioning compared to roaring ROR, I think the behind-the-scenes philosophy of this environment, as presented by ActiveGrid’s CEO, Peter Yared, is fascinating.

Scott Mace, Opening Move’s host, leads brilliantly Yared in the garden of today’s memes, J2EE and .NET vs. scripting, ActiveGrid vs. Vista, scale-out through utility computing; dynamic, ad-hoc, distributed, transaction-level policy, logging & auditing; the reality of 2PC (two-phase commit) in J2EE AS; freedom of languages’ choice on the LAMP stack vs. Java’s write one, run anywhere; and much, much more!


Technopod Rating: 9
podcastIcon1.gif Scripting and the Real-Time Enterprise 59:07, 27.1 mb, recorded Apr 20th, 2005

Original Podlink: Opening Move with Peter Yared


John K. Ousterhout – Scripting: Higher Level Programming for the 21st Century

activegrid_home_logo.gif ActiveGrid

technorati1.jpg Technorati ActiveGrid, Technorati the Podlink

Food for thought from Amazon CTO Werner Vogels

February 20, 2006

Another Ganger, Mike Vizard, recently joined the podosphere under the auspice of ACM Queue. In this ACM Queuecast, Vizard talks to Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, who really surprised me (I am talking as an ex Data Center manager in a mobile operator).

When it comes to Information Technologies, every service at Amazon is a micro-cosmos. A dedicated group of application developers receives total, end-to-end, life-cycle responsibility over the service. This Micro-Cosmos is autonomous, or as Vogels put it: they can develop the service with whatever software development methodology and with whatever technology and tools they see fit – as long as they deliver on time and make sure, constantly, that the service meets its SLA.

This total responsibility leads to an extreme version of the “Not Invented Here Syndrom”. Amazon is not relying on any 3rd party vendor to guarantee its availability, data consistency etc. If a service is designed for no-data-loss, then the application is programmed to guarantee that. If you thought there would be a delegation here to some Enterprise Storage functionality, like Raid, BCV, Snapshots – well, you were wrong.

Some more goodies:

– The design is always paranoiac and pessimistic, i.e. design for failures.

– Resource Sharing? Not in Amazon. Any Service is human, software and hardware self-contained; a total encapsulation.

What about Web Services, Grid Computing, Virtual Machines? Well, I guess you should pick it yourself by listening to the podcast 🙂


Technopod Rating: 9

podcastIcon.gif Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, ACMQueuecasts 22:40, 20.7 mb, Jan 23rd, 2006

Original Podlink: Discipline and Focus

technorati.jpg Werner Vogels, Technorati the Podlink


February 19, 2006


An unfocused interview on the Global Grid Forum OGSA (Open Grid Service Architecture) extension for data access and integration (DAI). OGSA-DAI is an interesting extension that bridges EII (Enterprise Information Integration) with Real-time Information Brokerage. While EII allows for the creation ofa federated real-time view of the Business, Information brokerage allows for real-time replication of Information from one source to another, regardless of the Sources schema and underlying technologies. Unfortunately, the podcast didn’t discuss all that.

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Technopod Rating: 2

podcastIcon2.gif OGSA-DAI

Original Podlink: Globus Toolkit Developer’s Forum: Podcast Interview with Neil P. Chue Hong


The OGSA-DAI Project

GGF Documnet Series, where several documnets on OGSA can be found

technorati2.jpg Technorati OGSA-DAI, Technorati the Podlink