Towards a new infrastructure for the World Wide Web

Title: Towards a new infrastructure for the World Wide Web

Speaker: Dr. Godmar Back, Virginia Tech
When: Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
Where: Torgersen 2150 


Recent years have seen a dramatic shift towards the World Wide Web as
both the deployment platform and primary user interface for many, if
not most, new applications. Yet, the existing systems infrastructure,
which has been designed for a simple hypertext system, is woefully
unprepared to support and sustain this change.

This talk will present LibX, a large-scale distributed web application
we have built, to highlight the potential benefits and uses of these
new types of applications. We will also use it to illustrate how and
why existing web browser and server technology is insufficient when it
comes to supporting these cloud applications. We discuss an ongoing
research project that creates abstractions and implementations
intended to provide sustainable solutions for these problems.