LADIS 2013 will feature keynote addresses by the following speakers:

  • Atul Adya, Google, worked on Thialfi: a client notification service for internet-scale applications
  • Albert Greenberg, Microsoft (Partner Development Manager, Windows Azure Networking, in charge of data center networking)
  • Shiding Lin, Chief Architect of the Baidu Cloud, leading the development of cloud products, platforms, and ecosystem
  • Harrick Vin, Chief Scientist of R&D at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India.
  • Peter Vosshall, Distinguished Engineer at

Bios and Abstracts

Atul Adya, Google

Title: Lessons from an Internet-Scale Notification System [Slides]

Over the past few years, we have built a large-scale notification system called Thialfi that provides notifications to a variety of Google applications such as Chrome, Google Drive, and Google Plus. In this presentation, I will briefly describe Thialfi and share some of the lessons learnt working with various application teams and running Thialfi as a service. I believe that most of our insights are relevant for many large-scale services.

Bio: Atul Adya is a software engineer at Google where he leads a team building a high-scale notification system. Prior to Google, Atul worked at Microsoft Research and in Microsoft product groups (SQL Server, Live Mesh) in the areas of distributed systems, databases, file systems, object-relational systems, and wireless systems. Earlier at the MIT Computer Science Laboratory, he worked on the Thor persistent object store in the areas of weak consistency, transactions, and object caching. Atul received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and his S.M. and PhD degrees with Prof. Barbara Liskov from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests span a broad range of systems including distributed systems, storage systems, databases, operating systems, and wireless systems.

Albert Greenberg, Microsoft

Title: SDN for the Public Cloud: Windows Azure

Abstract: Albert will discuss the challenges of massive scale cloud networking, the principles for meeting these challenges, and the role of Software Defined Networking in Windows Azure.

Bio: Albert Greenberg is the Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, where he leads design and development of cloud networking services and technologies at Windows Azure, for both logical and physical data center networking. Albert joined Microsoft Research in 2007, where he worked on data center networks, cloud service infrastructure, enterprise network management, and monitoring. Albert joined Microsoft after many years at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs Research, where he was an Executive Director and AT&T Fellow, and where he helped build the systems and tools for engineering and managing AT&T's networks. Albert is an ACM Fellow.

Shiding Lin, Baidu

Title: Building Large-Scale Storage Systems: Baidu's Practices and Experiences [Slides]

Abstract: TBD

Bio: Shiding Lin is now the chief architect of big data and infrastructure with Baidu. Prior to this role, he was the chief architect of Baidu Cloud, leading the development of products, technology and ecosystem. He joined Baidu as a senior researcher in 2007, where he led the design and development of the new generation webpage storage and processing platform -- Bailing, which achieved a magnitude of increase in the size of webpage and index of the search engine. In 2010, he founded the infrastructure group, leading the design and development of fundamental platforms such as data storage, distributed computing, high-performance and realtime computing. Before joining Baidu, Shiding was a researcher in the system research group with Microsoft Research Asia, working on large-scale distributed systems and high-performance service architecture.

Harrick Vin, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India.

Title: Enterprise Cloud Computing [CANCELLED]

Abstract: Over the past few years, we have witnessed the emergence of a wide-range of cloud-based services. While this has provided enterprises with many options to select from, most enterprises have struggled with questions, such as: Which services should they leverage? How should they integrate and orchestrate these services to achieve seamless, highly efficient and agile IT? In this talk, we will discuss what makes these questions difficult to answer, as well as describe some techniques for addressing these challenges.

Bio: Dr. Harrick Vin is a Vice President and the Chief Scientist of the Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India. He is also the Global Head for Innovation and Transformation for IT Infrastructure Services at TCS. Prior to joining TCS, he was a Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. Harrick received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Peter Vosshall,

Title: Cloud-scale Operational Excellence.

Abstract: Operating cloud infrastructure at the scale of Amazon Web Services'
requires the right tools, the rights processes, and the right culture. When AWS first launched in 2006, it benefited from the decade of experience that Amazon had already accumulated operating the infrastructure behind Amazon's eCommerce sites. Since then, while our operationally focused culture remains the same, our tools and processes have grown more sophisticated to accommodate AWS's significant growth. In this talk, we will discuss how these aspects come together to allow us to achieve operational excellence at "cloud-scale."

Bio: Peter Vosshall is VP & Distinguished Engineer at and is responsible for providing technical leadership for Silk (Amazon's cloud-accelerated web browser for Kindle Fire), AWS, and the company as a whole. Mr. Vosshall has over 20 years of industry experience designing, building, and operating large scale, highly available distributed systems.
Since joining Amazon in 1998, he has been a key contributor to Amazon's overall software architecture and has built a number of core enabling technologies for building services at Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, Vosshall built scalable and distributed back-ends for collaborative software systems at Apple, 280 Inc, and Infoseek. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.

Important Dates

Submissions Due
July 15th July 29, 2013
Notification of Acceptance
August 15 August 22, 2013
Camera Ready
September 30, 2013
LADIS 2013
November 2-3, 2013