Department News & Events
Posted: Wednesday, 5 November 2014 15:19
Two staff members from Oracle will give a presentation on Thursday 4th December, from 18.00 to 19.30. The venue is MAL B30.
Abstract: In 1990, a typical Sun system had a single 10mhz cpu and 4MB of memory and might have run in the region of 30-50 processes. Today Oracle ships systems with 512 cpu's and 4TB of memory and such systems have a few 100,000 processes at most. The roadmap suggests that by 2015 this will rise to cpu counts around 13,000 and 150TB of memory to serve workloads in excess of 1 million processes. Like C.S.I., when a system fails a post-mortem is required. A crash dump is the body, an image of the system memory at the time of failure. This talk looks at technical, logistical and tools challenges of diagnosing system failure after the fact when the body is 4TB in size and the challenges of scaling post-mortem failure diagnosis to ever larger configurations.
The presentation will be given by Clive King. Dr Clive King is a Senior Staff Engineer in Oracle Solaris Engineering. He has worked for Sun -> Oracle for 15 years in a variety of support, professional services and kernel engineering roles. His particular areas of focus are system performance, scalability and root causing system failures. He teaches problem solving, risk management and root cause analysis within Solaris Engineering. He is a BCS examiner for a professional examination, a BCS academic panel member and has been a PhD external examiner. Outside work, he splits his time between family and mountain running.
An IEEE software paper on which the talk is based can be accessed here. Clive states that "the talk won't be rocket science". A second Oracle staff member, Tim Jones, will give a few examples from his wide experience.
No booking is required. If you have an interest in the presentation then please attend.
Posted: Tuesday, 4 November 2014 16:19
Steve Maybank and four co-authors have received the 10 year highest impact paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2014 Award Committee. The reference for the paper is:
Dacheng Tao, Xuelong Li, Weiming Hu, S.J. Maybank and Xindong Wu 2005 Supervised tensor learning. Proc. 5th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), pp. 450-457, ISBN 0-7695-2278-5. Houston, Texas, U.S.A., 27-30 November, 2005.
Posted: Monday, 27 October 2014 12:19
Alex Poulovassilis and George Magoulas are participating in a new EU project, LIBE: Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education with other partners in Italy, Norway, Netherlands and Portugal. The project is developing a Virtual Learning Environment to support personalised development of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills through an inquiry-based approach to learning.
Posted: Monday, 27 October 2014 12:19
We have a vacancy for a permanent Lecturer A/B in Computer Science. We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in software engineering, programming languages and systems, or data mining. The closing date for applications is 9th January 2015. further details ...
Posted: Monday, 21 July 2014 07:57
NEW - Bloomsbury Hack Day video
The inaugural "Bloomsbury Hack Day" on July 16th saw children from three schools participate in a programme of lab-based activities designed and guided by three top London universities located in Bloomsbury. Pupils from UCL Academy, Watford Grammar School for Boys and Townley Grammar School (Girls) learned about programming during the hands-on activities.
Bloomsbury Hack Day, is hosted by Birkbeck (University of London), University College London (UCL) and the Institute of Education (IOE).
Posted: Monday, 9 June 2014 15:33
Congratulations to Joel, MSc Creative Industries (Computing), who won a £50 Amazon Gift voucher by completing the Computer Labs Survey 2014. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. A summary will be published soon on the Intranet.
Posted: Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:33
Posted: Monday, 3 February 2014 11:03
Beate Grawemeyer and Sergio Gutiérrez Santos will be Web Chair and Workshop Chair respectively for the Educational Data Mining Conference 2014 taking place in London, July 4 -7 2014. 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining - EDM 2014.