(April 22, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the inaugural Open BigCloud Symposium and Open Compute Project Workshop May 7-8 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The symposium will bring together the nation's brightest minds in academia, industry and research to discuss the future of cloud computing and big data. One highlight will be the official grand opening of the UTSA Open Compute Certification and Solutions Laboratory, the first laboratory of its kind in North America.
Participants also will explore bringing the cloud to the enterprise, models and benefits, cloud operation model (DevOps), open technologies and best practices including software and hardware disaggregation, Cloud and BigData for Scientific and Engineering workloads.
The two-day event will feature more than 20 speakers representing academia and the leading technology industry companies addressing a variety of topics including Open Compute hardware, OpenStack software and Software Defined Networks.
"We believe Open Compute, OpenStack and Software Defined Data Center are going to be the next computing platforms to support all of the emerging cloud and big data technologies," said C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA vice president for research. "These partnerships with OpenStack, ZeroVM and Open Compute communities will create research and educational leadership opportunities for UTSA, San Antonio and across Texas."
Scheduled presenters include: Graham Weston, chairman and CEO, Rackspace; Frank Frankovsky, president and chairman of Open Compute Project Foundation; Cameron Haight, research vice president and chief of research infrastructure and operations, Gartner; Rob Vietzke, vice president of network services, Internet 2; Dan Stanzione, acting director of Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin; Paul Rad, director of Cloud and BigData Laboratory, UTSA; Scott Midkiff, vice president for information technology and CIO, Virginia Tech; and Scott Mitchell, senior vice president, Stream Data Centers.
This free, one-day conference for UTSA students focuses on developing leadership skills, providing an open dialogue to address tough issues that leaders face, and offering a diverse spectrum of workshops.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
The daylong event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
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