Topic: Open Source
In this time of continued concern about the future of energy, technology specialists are looking for ways to better control how power is used in commercial buildings where people sometimes work twenty-four hours a day. Toby Considine, an expert on smart energy and Jon Udell discuss current activities to create an open source model that allows for better communications among the various technologies to develop a building automation system.
While other mobile device companies depend on a closed software development system that gives them near total control, Android uses an open source model that could lead to more innovation. Attorney and open source expert Wendy Seltzer discusses the issues of allowing developers more freedom and what Android can gain from a partnership with other stakeholders that allows both sides to succeed from openness.
If you had to rely on a medical device implanted into your body to keep you alive, would you trust your life to a closed-source proprietary device manufacturer, or would you rather that it ran on software that was publicly available for review? In sharp, clear tones, Karen tells her story, presenting an entirely new perspective on the importance of open source software. Karen Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME foundation and a cyber-lawyer.
Imagine improving your main coding product then being threatened with a lawsuit for hinting you may publish it. This by the company partnering on it with you. This happened to Brian Aker when he mentioned bringing MySQL improvements to O'Reilly's OSCON a few years ago. Some within Sun Microsystems, which bought MySQL, were offended but later that day, Aker's upgrades were publicly praised by Sun Micro senior brass. Aker talks past, present, and future importance of Drizzle and open source, to the database environs commonly called the cloud.
A fascinating look into the future of big data. As parallel computing enables massive scaling & instant availability, the need for cloud computing is mandatory. During this keynote, Marten Mickos predicts that in several years there will be a trillion devices connected to the Internet. We are rapidly reaching a point that the only way to deal with this level of scaling will be through cloud computing.
Originally known as the Apache Group, the Apache Software Foundation is a leading supporter of open source software development. First established in 1999, the non-profit organization provides support to a number of open source projects. Software developer Nick Burch discusses the work of the ASF and its upcoming ApacheCon North America conference, scheduled for November 7-11, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Veteran's Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid make up the largest repository of public health data in the world, and now it's being made available in appropriate forms for the use of patients and innovators alike. Todd Parks, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wants to change the fee structure of healthcare from "Fee for Service" to something more efficient, and he's freeing up information on public health so everyone can see and help design better health systems.
The latest version of MariaDB is much faster and has microsecond-measuring analytics to prove it. Michael Widenius, "Monty" of Monty Program AB, reports on the development schedule of MariaDB, in which the team is drastically improving performance times, while maintaining drop-in compatibility with MySQL. At the end of this talk, Widenius outlines the feature wishlist of MariaDB 5.6.
Rotating, rolling, turning, moving forward and moving backward are all impressive gates for modular snake robots, but Per Sjoborg says the striking side-winding motion can only be described as beautiful. These complex patterns of locomotion emerge from simple fluctuations in oscillation. Beyond aesthetics and practical applications, one of the most striking features of Juan Gonzalez Gomez's work is his commitment to the free and open-source development model. He believes that the modular robotic community will emerge to solve problems together.
Twitter filters billions of messages, and uses quite a few systems and tools to make that data flow. Jeremy Cole, founder of Proven Scaling, discusses the MySQL software used by Twitter, as well as many challenges Twitter faces with massive data storage. He also presents technical facts, figures, and solutions that the site uses to run smoothly.