:: Session 25: Day 8: Time 11:00 to 12:30
Distributed Data Management – Systems and Architectures

Malcolm Atkinson


11:00 Managing and Exploiting Metadata
Categories, sources and uses of metadata.
Integrated or independent metadata storage and use.
Systems and experience in the use of metadata.
Anticipation of a metadata driven future.

11:30 Data Management and Computation
Principal methods exploited by Condor to provision jobs with data and collect results.
Data handling in workflows – explicit versus implicit strategies – identification, extraction, movement, reservation and storage.
Consistency and recovery.

12:00 Use cases for Distributed Data Management
The Data Management use cases driving the OGSA-Data working group and NextGRID.
The OGSA and architectures.

- Distributed Structured Data Management: Introduction, Principles & Foundations [ppt]


Professor Malcolm Atkinson PhD, FBCS, FRSE

Malcolm Atkinson is the Director of the National e-Science Centre and the e-Science Institute. He is the UK e-Science Envoy and plays a leading role in OMII-UK, and is on the advisory boards of GOSC, NCeSS, Baltic Grid and GEON. He leads training and education in the two EU-funded projects EGEE and ICEAGE project, International Collaboration to Extend and Advance Grid Education. These two projects have organised the ISSGC06. He is a member of the Global Grid Forum Steering Group and Data Area Director for GGF.

He began his career in computing in 1966. He has worked at seven universities: Glasgow, Pennsylvania, Edinburgh, UEA, Cambridge, Rangoon and Lancaster; and for two companies: Sun Microsystems (at SunLabs in California) and O2 (an Object-Oriented DB company in its early years in Versailles). He led the development of the Department of Computing Science in Glasgow and is now Professor of e-Science in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. He has more than 130 publications. He has taken leading roles in national strategic research and infrastructure committees.