About the talk:
The LOCKSS project at Stanford Libraries is
building a peer-to-peer system of persistent, self-healing web caches to
preserve academic journals, government documents
and other important information published on the web. About 50 libraries
around the world have been running a test version for about 18 months - we
expect to grow to several hundred over the next year as we release the first production
Libraries are among the oldest human institutions, having evolved over several millenia into a fault-tolerant peer-to-peer system for preserving information that works remarkably well. LOCKSS provides librarians with a tool they can use to continue this tradition into the digital future.
Designing a system to work within an existing social and organizational structure has led to interesting technical challenges, including new approaches to fault tolerance, trust and system integrity without secrecy in peer-to-peer systems.
About the speaker:
Dr. David Rosenthal is investigating techniques for distributed fault tolerance in a project jointly funded by Sun Labs, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation and Stanford University Libraries. The project is aimed at long-term preservation of the web editions of academic journals, such as those published by Stanford's Highwire Press.
David joined Sun in 1985 from the Andrew
David left Sun in 1993 to be Chief Scientist and employee #4 at NVIDIA, now the leading supplier of high-performance graphics chips for the PC industry. He worked on I/O architecture. In 1996 he joined Vitria Technology, now a leading supplier of e-business infrastructure technology. He worked on reliable multicast protocols and on testing industrial-strength software. In 1999 he re-joined Sun.
David received an MA degree from