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Thursday Jan 25th, 2007 - 4.30pm
Computer Laboratory > Research > Systems Research Group > NetOS > Seminars > Thursday Jan 25th, 2007 - 4.30pm

Accelerating data communications to produce a tenfold performance improvement for Office/Database/Web/Media applications over the WAN/Grid

Frank Wang

Frank Wang and his group have developed a data communication protocol, which beats classic ones by a factor of 25 over a real-world link of 10,000 km. This work has recently been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Computers. This protocol is the first of its kind worldwide. As one of the highlighted milestones of the roadmap, they are drafting a RFC (Requests for Comments), in an attempt to make it and its variations included in the Internet Protocol suite. Best of all, this protocol requires no changes in the way users work with their applications since it conforms to the existing IT infrastructures. During his presentation, he is going to show videos of using this protocol to accelerate applications, ranging from Office, Database, Web Browser to Media Player.


Frank Wang is a Professor and Chair in e-Science and Grid Computing, Director of Centre for Grid Computing within the context of Cambridge-Cranfield High Performance Computing Facility (CCHPCF) [http://www.hpcf.cam.ac.uk/research.html]. Prof Wang's appointment is seen as crucial to the initiative of the CCHPCF, which is a collaborative research facility in the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield. Prof Wang's publications includes a book titled "Encyclopedia of Grid Computing" (underway) and 57 journal papers [12 IEEE Transactions, 5 JAP, 1 APL, 2 ACM publications, etc]. He is on the Editorial Board of 4 international journals and serves the High End Computing Panel for Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). He has been elected as the Chairman (UK & Republic of Ireland Chapter) of the IEEE Computer Society from January 2005. He has given invited talks at Princeton University, Cambridge University (e-Science Centre), Oxford University, Birmingham University, Manchester University, etc.