iRods and determining your own rules for your information

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We have spoken about relational databases in this class. We have also spoken about Google's databases. To prepare yourselves for Dr. Moore's session, read How Google Invented an Amazing Datacenter Network. To quote your guest speaker about this article:

This is a nice article about building a high performance high capacity system, effectively a data super center. The architecture is optimized to support Google processing.
However this does not address the challenges of interactions outside of the Google architecture. This requires handling multiple storage protocols, multiple transport mechanisms, multiple authentication systems, multiple schemata, multiple data types, etc. The software that does this is a data grid such as iRODS.


After reading it, you will be ready to discuss the differences between database models and engage the guest speaker with some thoughts about the future.

We have a guest speaker today

Reagan Moore

Reagan W. Moore

Reagan W. Moore is Director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environments Center (DICE Center) and a professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Chief Scientist for Data Intensive Cyber Environments at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and President of the Data Intensive Cyberinfrastructure Foundation, which supports the open source community for the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS).

An internationally recognized expert, he coordinates research efforts in development of data grids, digital libraries, and preservation environments. Developed software systems include the Storage Resource Broker (SRB) and iRODS.

Current research activities include the use of data grid technology to automate execution of management policies and validate trustworthiness of repositories. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) program and the National Archives and Records Administration under the Electronics Records Administration Research program, and other agencies.

Previous positions include Associate Director for Data Intensive Computing, Director of the Knowledge and SRB Lab, and Manager of Production Systems at UC San Diego's San Diego Supercomputer Center, and computational plasma physicist at General Atomics.

He holds a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.