Global-scale data management raises significant fault-tolerant, consistency and privacy concerns. The utilization of edge nodes is inevitable for the future success and growth of many emerging low latency and mobile applications. In this talk, we will explore novel Paxos-based consensus approaches that manage access to partitioned data across globally-distributed datacenters and edge nodes. The goal is to exploit the unique opportunities of utilizing edge computing resources to support emerging applications with stringent mobility and real-time requirements such as augmented and virtual reality as well as vehicular applications. The main objective is to reduce the latency of serving user requests, while ensuring fault-tolerance and adapting gracefully to mobility. In addition to failures, data centers are constantly exposed to an increasing number of non-trivial adversarial threats. Traditional cryptographic methods either limit the functionality of the data, or significantly increase retrieval costs. We will highlight some novel approaches that ensure efficient privacy preserving access to data in the Cloud.
Amr El Abbadi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his B. Eng. from Alexandria University, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prof. El Abbadi is an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and IEEE Fellow. He was Chair of the Computer Science Department at UCSB from 2007 to 2011. He has served as a journal editor for several database journals, including, The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Computers and The Computer Journal. He has been Program Chair for multiple database and distributed systems conferences. He currently serves on the executive committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering (TCDE) and was a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002 to 2008. In 2007, Prof. El Abbadi received the UCSB Senate Outstanding Mentorship Award for his excellence in mentoring graduate students. In 2013, his student, Sudipto Das received the SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award. Prof. El Abbadi is also a co-recipient of the Test of Time Award at EDBT/ICDT 2015. He has published over 300 articles in databases and distributed systems and has supervised over 35 PhD students.