The Village at the Keystone Resort
Colorado Software Summit
Java and XML Programming Conference
October 26 – 31, 2003
Keystone Conference Center


Paul Giangarra – IBM Corporation

So, What Can I Do with Grid Technologies?

Grid technologies are being advertised as being able to assists in the areas of:

  • Infrastructure Optimization
  • Increased Access to Data and Collaboration
  • Resilient / Highly Available Infrastructure

This session will start with some of the key technologies that are needed to make this real. This includes technologies like workload management and consolidation, service level oriented provisioning of parallel tasks in a grid environment, federation, and recovery and failover. It will also discuss the pitfalls that can occur as new grid enable applications evolve. Finally specific examples and scenarios of applications and projects will be presented.


In this session we will address the major concepts and issues in building enterprise portals. We'll begin with a discussion of what constitutes a portal, examining the various types of portals as well as trends and key technologies in portals. We'll discuss potential objectives for a portal, how portals can be used, how to plan for a portal, and key design issues in the development of complex portals. We'll also examine the security aspects of portals, how portals relate to Web services, and how to integrate legacy systems along with new enterprise function into a portal. Finally we'll conclude with a discussion of content and content management.

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Paul Giangarra is currently a Senior Consultant and Solution Architect in IBM's e-Business Solutions Services team. He is responsible for leading large scale Java/Network Computing/e-Business strategy, architecture, and development projects for customers around the world. Since 1996, when he started in this role, Paul has worked with customers around the world, including Desjardins, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank, ING, ING Barings, Fireman's Fund Insurance, Banco do Brasil, the U.K. Cabinet Office, the U.K. Department of Social Security, UBS Warburg, and Bank of America. Paul recently finished an 18 month secondment to the U.K. Government where he was the Chief Technology Advisor for the Office of the e-Envoy in the U.K. Cabinet Office. In that position Paul was responsible for the overall technical architecture of the end-to-end e-Government infrastructure for the U.K. government. Following that assignment, he developed a detailed e-Government Infrastructure Architecture definition that is being used globally.

In 1988 Paul was appointed the Chief Designer for OS/2. In that position he was responsible for the overall system architecture and design of OS/2, including the first 32-bit version of OS/2. This included the work done both in IBM (multiple sites) and Microsoft. Paul holds multiple patents for the portions he helped design. In 1991 Paul was chosen to lead the technical assessment team at Apple that resulted in the formation of Taligent. From 1992-1996 Paul lead the architecture of multiple releases of OS/2, including Warp V4. In 1996 Paul helped define PSP's role in IBM's Network Computing future. This work lead to Paul's current role.

In 1983 Paul began work on a set of major projects in Europe. These projects kept him in Europe for five years (he lived in Germany for three of those years). During most of that period, he was the IBM US Software Architect and specialist for the Bildshirmtext (videotex) system that was developed for the PTTs of both Germany and Sweden. He also helped architect and develop the ISDN access to that system that is now an integral part of Germany's T-Online (the largest ISP in Germany).

Paul started with IBM in 1977, working on Series/1 minicomputer Operating System software development. He was chosen in 1981 to lead the architecture, design, and development effort of a distributed, loosely coupled, fault tolerant, single system image product. That effort completed late in 1982.



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