NIST Cloud Computing & Big Data Forum, Jan 15-17 2012
On the second day of the NIST Cloud Computing & Big Data Forum,
we had a real treat...the keynote speaker was Vint Cerf,
Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist.
Allocated a mere
30 minutes, he actually spoke for more than 45, detailing his thoughts
on Cloud Computing, Big Data, and related topics. He highlighted
some of the security issues concerning cloud computing, like
the problem of "leftovers" (data remaining after a virtual
service has been deprovisioned), and the need for strong
authentication of both user identities and trusted identifiers.
He also emphasized the need for non-proprietary inter-cloud communication and
collaboration protocols, and mentioned a bit about Google's
cloud services including a comment about their current
100Gb OpenFlow-based infrastructure and their potential
need for Terabit connectivity in their data centers.
One interesting Big Data comment he made concerned the
problem of feeding data fast enough into today's
powerful multicore processors, and suggested the
a possible technology solution.
Later in the conference at a panel on Big Data Use Cases,
Veterans Affairs CTO Peter Levin gave a briefing on
the VA's Blue Button system
for accessing veterans'
health care records, and its potential to grow to
thousands of terabytes as genetic data is included, just
one of many examples of Big Data projects discussed
today. Presentations from the conference
will be posted on the NIST Cloud Computing Web site.