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UTSA hosts Open BigCloud Symposium and Open Compute Project Workshop May 7-8

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(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.

>> View the Open Big Cloud Symposium schedule.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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