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Gao Wins Paper of Distinction in Portugal

Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won one of three Paper with Distinction awards presented at the Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on Cloud Computing 2011 (ACM SOCC 2011), held from October 26 to 28 at Cascais, Portugal. She wrote the paper with her visiting doctoral student, Yanfeng Zhang. It was an extremely competitive conference, with only 16 percent of the submitted papers accepted. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).

ACM SOCC 2011 is the second in a new series of symposia with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners interested in cloud computing. The scope is broad and encompasses diverse systems topics such as software as a service, virtualization, and scalable cloud data services. (November 2011)