Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

Scalable Privacy-Friendly Client Cloud Computing: a gathering Perfect Disruption

Carl Hewitt
MIT EECS (emeritus)
About the talk:

Organizations of Restricted Generality (ORGs) is an architecture providing foundations for the development of privacy-friendly Internet applications by incorporating cloud computing into clients. Clients range from single chip sensors, handhelds, notebooks, desktops, and entertainment centers to huge data centers. ORGs are well suited for the issues posed by, what I call, a "Perfect Disruption":

The "Perfect Disruption" is rapidly gathering strength and no one knows the outcome. Clearly, it will significantly impact big players like AMD, ARM, Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Yahoo!, and Via. How can basic research help them respond to the disruption? By addressing fundamental questions like the following:

Background Reading:

Cark Hewitt, ORGs for Scalable, Robust, Privacy-Friendly Client Cloud Computing. IEEE Internet Computing. Sept./Oct. 2008

Carl Hewitt, A historical perspective on developing foundations for client cloud computing: What went wrong, What was done about it, and What it might mean for the future Google Knol.


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About the speaker:

Speaker Photo Carl Hewitt is Emeritus in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is known for his work on concurrency theory, concurrent programming languages, automatic storage reclamation and relocation (garbage collection), participatory semantics, and strongly paraconsistent logic.

He can often be found at the Stanford Logic Group meetings at NOON on Wednesdays in the Gates Bldg. 2A Open Area. You can look him up at

Contact information:

Carl Hewitt