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NOW: The Farewell Episode Preliminary Program

Monday, June 15, 1998


Time Location Theme Contents
8:30 am - 9:00 am Hallway outside of 306 Soda Coffee and Treats Featuring Food from Berkeley's Wonderful Cheeseboard Collective
9:00 am - 9:25 am 306 Soda Hall Introduction NOW: Introduction and Welcome
David E. Culler
9:25 am - 10:15 am 306 Soda Hall Session 1 Sensitivity to Network Characteristics
Richard P. Martin

Implicit Coscheduling: From Simulation To Implementation And Back Again
Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau
10:15 am - 10:25 am Hallway outside of 306 Soda Mid-morning Break
10:25 am - 11:15 am 306 Soda Hall Session 2 Understanding Application Scaling: NAS Parallel Benchmarks on the NOW and SGI Origin 2000
Frederick Wong

Robust I/O Performance in River
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau and Eric Anderson
11:15 am - 12:00 noon Network Laboratory Tour of the NOW Cluster including Demonstrations GLUnix: Hear the Mighty Cluster Roar, Doug Ghormley
AM 2.0: Mapping and Other Fun, Alan Mainwaring
TranSend Wingman, Armando Fox
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Wozniak Lounge (4th Floor) Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 306 Soda Hall Session 3 Communication Retrospectives
Alan Mainwaring

Re-Characterizing File System Traces
Drew Roselli

xFS and Beyond
Mike Dahlin (tentaive)
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Hallway outside of 306 Soda Afternoon Latte Break Featuring the fancy coffees of Travellin' Joe
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm 306 Soda Hall Session 4 A File System for Intelligent Disks
Randy Wang

Trends in Cluster Architectures
Steve Lumetta

Large-scale Storage Devices
Nisha Talagala and Satoshi Asami

WebOS: Infrastructure for World-Wide Computing
Amin Vahdat

The Millennium Project and VIA
Matt Welsh, Philip Buonadonna, and Andrew Geweke
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Hallway ouside of 306 Soda Afternoon Mini-Break
5:00 pm to finish 306 Soda Hall Session 5: Wrap-up The Pro-active Infrastructure
Eric Brewer

Time Capsules: Predictions for the Future
Professors, Industrial Visitors, and even the Students
6:00 pm into the evening Wozniak Lounge Dinner Featuring fine gourmet dining from Jimmy Bean's
Also featuring the "The lumetta Files: A Retrospective")


NOW Retreat: Winter 1998

Wed 14 Jan 1998 through Fri 16 Jan 1998


Date Time Theme Contents
Wednesday 1:00 pm Skiing
Wednesday 5:00 pm Opening Session
Chair: David Culler
Welcome(1.5 minutes)
David Culler

GLUnix+SLIC (45 minutes)
Douglas Ghormley

Virtual Networks (45 minutes)
Alan Mainwaring
Wednesday 6:30 pm Dinner
Wednesday 8:00 pm Chair: Doug Ghormley Scheduling (45 minutes)
Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau

Clumps Performance (45 minutes)
Steve Lumetta
Wednesday 9:30 pm Brewing Benchmarks/Gaming Studies
Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast
Thursday 8:30 am Chair: Steve Lumetta BARWAN Overview (45 minutes)
Joint Session

WebOS(45 minutes)
Amin Vahdat
Thursday 10:00 am Break
Thursday 10:30 am Chair Alan Mainwaring NAS Performance (30 minutes)
Fred Wong

Sensitivity Studies (30 minutes)
Rich Martin
Thursday 6:00 pm Dinner
Thursday 7:30 pm Chair: Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau "What is the Single Most Important Unsolved Technical Problem in Cluster Computing?"
Panel

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Final Roast
Thursday 9:30 pm Brewing Benchmarks/Gaming Studies
Friday 7:30 am Breakfast
Friday 8:30 am NOW, Tomorrow, and Beyond
Chair: Randy Wang
I/O Tracing (30 minutes)
Drew Roselli

Closed Mic (75 minutes)
Various People

Millenium and Wrap-up (15 minutes)
David Culler
Friday 10:30 am Break and clean out your room. Group Picture
Friday 11:00 am Visitor Feedback
Chair: Dave Patterson
Friday 12:30 pm Lunch
Friday 1:30 pm Depart


NOW Retreat: Summer 1997

Wed 23 Jul 1997 through Fri 25 Jul 1997


Date Time> Theme Contents
Wednesday 1:00 pm Hike
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Wednesday 4:30 pm Opening Session
Chair: Eric Anderson
Welcome and Overview
David E. Culler

Extending Proportional-Share Scheduling to a Network of Workstations
Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau

LINPACK and NAS Parallel Benchmarks on NOW
Fred Wong

NOW Torture Test
Chad Yoshikawa

GLUnix Evaluation
Douglas Ghormley
Wednesday 6:30 pm Dinner
Wednesday 8:00 pm Networks
Chair: Adam Costello
Virtual Networks: Multi-programming High-performance Interconnects
Alan Mainwaring

LCP Protocols
Brent Chun

Multi-Protocol Active Messages on a Cluster of SMP's
Steven Lumetta
Wednesday 9:30 pm Informal Discussion
Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Thursday 8:30 am File Systems
Chair: Kim Keeton
Tracing
Drew Roselli

Efficient Pipelining
Randy Wang

Improving the Performance of Log-Structured File Systems with Adaptive Methods
Jeanna Matthews
Thursday 10:00 am Break
Thursday 10:30 am Web/SysAdmin
Chair: Tom Anderson
Microbrowser
Chad Yoshikawa

Toward Secure Access to Global Resources
Amin Vahdat

Extensible Scalable Monitoring for Clusters of Computers
Eric Anderson
Thursday 12:00 pm Lunch
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Thursday 1:00 pm River Rafting
Thursday 5:00 pm Potpourri for $100, Alex
Chair: Amin Vahdat
The San Francisco - Berkeley Fine Arts Project
Satoshi Asami

Balance in Clusters
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau

Network Evaluation
Rich Martin
Thursday 6:30 pm Dinner
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Thursday 8:00 pm Technology Transfer
Chair: Steve Lumetta
Sun hPC Environment
Josh Simons

VIA
Paul Pierce

Windows NT
Jim Gray

Solaris/Java in Clusters
Greg Papadopoulos
Thursday 9:30 pm Informal Discussion
Friday 7:30 am Breakfast
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Friday 8:30 am Short talks & open mike
Chair: Dave Patterson
Eric Anderson took some notes during the open mike and feedback sessions.
Friday 10:00 am Break
Friday 10:30 am Visitor Feedback
David E. Culler
Friday 12:00 pm Lunch
Chair: Terry Lessard-Smith & Bob Miller
Friday 1:00 pm Depart


NOW Retreat: Winter 1997

Wed 15 Jan 1997 through Fri 17 Jan 1997


Date Time Theme Contents
Wednesday 4:30 pm Welcome and New Results
Chair: Eric Anderson
NOW: Where We Are
David Culler

NOW-Sort
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau

Fast Sockets
Steve Rodrigues

LogP Sensitivity
Rich Martin
Wednesday 6:30 pm Dinner
Wednesday 8:00 pm Demos and Implementation Status Glunix Usage
David Petrou, and Doug Ghormley

xFS Coherence and Performance on AM2
Randy Wang, and Drew Roselli

AM2 Implementation Status and Demo
David Culler, Steve Lumetta, Alan Mainwaring, and Brent Chun

WebFS, Applications, ...
Amin Vahdat, Paul Eastham, and Eric Anderson
Wednesday 10:00 pm Brewing Bechmarks and Gaming Studies
Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast
Thursday 8:30 am Network Processors and Communication
Chair: Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau
Coprocessor Evaluation
Arvind Krishnamurthy, Randy Wang

HP GAM
Cedric Krumbein

AM2 on PC's
Alec Woo

MPI and Virtual Shared Memory
Fredrick Wong
Thursday 9:45 pm Break
Thursday 10:15 am Storage
Chair: Kim Keeton
Tertiary Disk Modeling and Evaluation
Nisha Talagala

File System Tracing
Drew Roselli
Thursday Local OS Design and Evaluation SLIC
Doug Ghormley

Implicit Coscheduling with Stride Scheduling
Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau
Thursday 12:00 pm Lunch and Recreation Break
Thursday 5:00 pm WebOS
Chair: Doug Ghormley
WebOS: Software Support for Scalable Internet Service
Amin Vahdat

Smart Clients
Chad Yoshikawa
Thursday 6:00 pm Dinner
Thursday 7:30 pm Finishing NOW and the Future
Chair: Steve Lumetta
xFS Meets Tertiary Disk
xFS and TD Group

What We Will Do with NOW (eg. WPACI, Proxy)
David Culler

WebOS: Life After NOW
Tom Anderson
Thursday 10:00 pm Brewing Bechmarks and Gaming Studies
Friday 7:30 am Breakfast
Friday 8:30 am Short Hot Topics
Chair: Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau
What Happened at the IRAM Retreat
Dave Patterson
Friday 9:30 am Break and Check-out
Friday 10:00 am Industrial Feedback


NOW Retreat: Spring 1996

June 5-7, 1996


Theme Contents
Session 1: Welcome
Chair: Dave Patterson
NOW: Where we've been and where we are
David Culler

Summary of Parallel Program Performance
Rich Martin and Amin Vahdat

Application Performance on Solaris-MC
Remzi Arpaci
Session 2: Towards Killer Apps
Chair: Mike Dahlin
NOW-Sort: Experience with Scalable, Parallel, External Sorts
Andrea Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci

Transparent Access to a NOW
Chad Yoshikawa

The Inktomi Experience
Eric Brewer
Session 3: Global Operating System
Chair: Tom Anderson
SLIC
Doug Ghormly

System Diagnostic Console and Authenticated Actions
Eric Anderson

Turning the Web into a Computer
Amin Vahdat
Session 4: Communication
Chair: David Culler
AM Demo
CAL Group

Fast Sockets
Steve Rodrigues
Session 5: Storage Systems
Chair: Tom Anderson
Improving LFS performance
Jeanna Neefe and Randy Wang

File System Tracing
Drew Roselli

Performance of Tertiary Disk Prototypes
Nisha Talagala and Satoshi Asami
Session 6: Visitor presentations
Organizer: Dave Patterson
Presentations from visitors
Klaus Schauser, Bob Horst, Randy Osborne, ...

Teapot & Murphi: Debugging Distributed Algorithms
Teapot example for stache protocol.
Mike Dahlin

Roast
These presentations reflect works in progress. Please talk to the authors to find the current state of their before distributing any of these results.


NOW Retreat: Winter 1996

Wed 10 Jan 1996 through Fri 12 Jan 1996


Date Time Theme Contents
Wednesday 4:30 pm Session 1 - Welcome, Results UDPAM: Active Messages over UDP
Brent Chun

Performance Measurements of XFS
Drew Roselli

Commodity RAID
Nisha Talaga1a

Implicit Scheduling: An Efficient Distributed Scheduler for Parallel and Sequential Workloads
Andrea Dusseau

Inktomi Results
Paul Gauthier
Wednesday 7:00 pm Dinner
Wednesday 8:00 pm Session 2 - The NOW Video
Producers: Doug Ghormley and Randy Wang
How Do We Measure Success?
Subtitle: Graphs We Will Draw
How We Measured Success
Chad Yoshikawa

Measuring Application Performance
Mike Dahlin

And Now the Hard Part: Putting it All Together at the Same Time
Kim Keeton
Wednesday 10:00 pm Brewing Benchmarks and Gaming Studies
Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast
Thursday 8:30 am Session 3 - Resource Management Resource Allocation in NOW: On the Increasing Irrelevance of the CPU
Remzi Arpaci

The Reorganizing Cleaner: An Example of Self-Management in xFS
Jeanna Neefe

Managing Active Message Endpoints
Alan Mainwaring
Thursday 10:00 Break Break
Thursday 10:30 am Session 4 - Availability and Robustness High Availability and Robustness
Doug Ghormley

Reliability in the NOW: Case Studies
Rich Martin

Naming Slides
Eric Anderson

Reliable RAM
Randy Wang
Thursday 12:00 pm Lunch
Thursday 1:00 pm Recreation Break
Thursday 5:00 pm Session 5 - External Talks America On-Line as a NOW
Brewster Kahle

Solaris MC
Ken Shirriff

Why HIVE and not NOW?
Mendel Rosenblum
Thursday 6:00 pm Dinner
Thursday 8:00 pm Session 6 - Putting NOW on the Web Putting the Web on a NOW
Amin Vahdat, and Eric Brewer
Thursday Lampoon Session
Thursday 10:00 pm Brewing Benchmarks and Gaming Studies
Friday 7:30 am Breakfast
Friday 8:30 am Session 7 - Short Hot Topics Benchmarking MPI
Lok Tin Liu

Lessons from xFS: How Can We Do Our Work More Efficiently
Mike Dahlin

Intelligent RAM
Dave Patterson
Friday 9:30 am Breal & Check Out
Friday 10:00 a, Session 8 - Industrial Feedback
Friday 12:00 pm Lunch
These presentations reflect works in progress. Please talk to the authors to find the current state of their before distributing any of these results.


NOW Retreat: Spring 1995

Scaling What We Have Built

June 7-9, 1995


Date Time Theme Contents
Wednesday 12:00 pm Lunch
Wednesday 1:00 pm Session 1 - Welcome, File System xFS as a parallel program
Randy Wang

Self Tuning File Systems
Drew Roselli

The Berkeley Search Engine
Paul Gauthier
Wednesday 3:00 pm Recreation Break
Wednesday 6:00 pm Dinner
Wednesday 7:30 pm Session 2 - Platform for NOW System Performance Measurements
Amin Vahdat

Implications for: XFS, Network RAM, GLUnix, CAL, Applications
Amin Vahdat, Rich Martin, Michael Dahlin, Eric Anderson, Kim Keeton
Wednesday 10:00 pm Brewing Benchmarks and Gaming Studies
Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast
Thursday 8:30 am Session 3 - Communications Myrinet GAM layer
Rich Martin

GAM Micro-Benchmarks
Chad Yoshikawa

TAC Spec
Alan Mainwaring
Thursday 10:00 am Break
Thursday 10:30 am Session 4 - NOW System Issues System Administration
Eric Anderson

Kernel data structures
Steve Rodrigues

Self-organizing Systems
David Culler
Thursday 12:00 pm Lunch
Thursday 1:00 pm Session 5 - Short topics: 8 minute presentations + 4 minute discussions Application fun - Ray Tracer, MPEG, Barnes-hut
Lok Liu, Cedric Krumbein, Eric Anderson

"Tertiary" disks
Satoshi Asami

NOW Databases strategy
Kim Keeton

Towards Global Process Management
Andrea Dusseau

Making things work
Tom Anderson

NI Card
Cedric Krumbein
Thursday 2:30 pm Recreation Break
Thursday 6:00 pm Dinner
Thursday 7:30 pm Session 6 - Invited Industry Talks Unet on Fore ATM
Thorsten von Eicken

Tiger
Bill Bolosky

Faculty/Staff/Student Roast

Genaration X Grad Students The Faculty
Thursday 10:00 pm Brewing Benchmarks and Gaming Studies
Friday 7:30 am Breakfast
Friday 8:30 am Session 7 - Open Microphone - 8 minute talks with 4 minutes of Q&A
Friday 9:30 am Break & Check Out
Friday 10:00 am Session 8 - Industrial Feedback Gordon Bell's Comments

Jim Gray's Comments
Friday 12:00 pm Lunch
These presentations reflect works in progress. Please talk to the authors to find the current state of their before distributing any of these results.







Note: The project was terminated on June 15, 1998

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants CCR-9257974 and PFF-CCR-9253705 as well as ARPA under grant F30602-95-C-0014. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.