The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Invited Course Lecture entitled:

GridStat Framework

Speaker: Harald Gjermundrod
Affiliation: University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Category: Invited Course Lecture
Location: Room 147, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Friday, March 5th, 2010
Time: 15:00-16:30 EET
Host: Yannis Dimopoulos (yannis AT and George Pallis (gpallis AT

The North American power grids involve almost 3500 utility organizations. Existing SCADA-based status communication systems, which primarily use point-to-point links between substations and individual utility's control centers, provide inadequate cross-utility situational awareness for grid operators. The GridStat project is creating status dissemination middleware to allow creation of flexible, QoS-managed information infrastructures that address this problem for the power grid and other large, distributed infrastructures. The GridStat architecture naturally extends to nationwide, cross-infrastructure monitoring. This talk will give an overview of the architecture and design of the GridStat framework. Three of its base line mechanisms will also be presented. The condensation function mechanism allows the users to subscribe to patterns of events and have the evaluation of these patterns be performed at the middleware layer. The mode change mechanism allows for rapid uninterrupted change of subscription sets within various regions of the infrastructure. The final mechanism to be presented is the Ratatoskr RPC that provides timeliness, redundancy, and safety properties over a Pub-Sub infrastructure.

Short Bio:
Harald Gjermundrod is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nicosia which he joined in September 2008 and an adjunct faculty at Washington State University. Prior to this he was an postdoctorate associate (2006-2008) at the High-Performance Computing Systems Laboratory in the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus. His research interests include middleware, distributed computing systems, and Grid computing. Gjermundrod received his PhD, MS, and BS degrees in computer science from Washington State University in 2006, 2001, 1999 respectively and Dipl.-Ing degree from Oslo University College in 1998 (including a year as an Erasmus student at the Robert Gordon University). Gjermundrod has worked on projects funded by the EU, the National Institute of Technology(US), and the National Science Foundation(US).

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