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STC News June 2014

posted Jun 12, 2014, 2:30 AM by Christian Timmerer

STC Cloud Computing


Message from the new chair, Chunming Rong

Since 2013, the STC has gained a noticeable increase in both number of members and number of co-sponsored events. Several Cloud-Link issues on selected publications have been launched and received popular attention at the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) site. Since April 2014, a new steering board of STC CC has been convened. In the coming year, we plan to continue to lay out the network foundation of the STC CC, in order to reach out to more members and events. Among the planned measures, the social media and blogging activities shall be enriched, cloud-related webinars shall be organized, a site on education and tutorial materials and a site on announcements of journal special issues are under development. Further collaboration with other activities at IEEE CCI, for instance the IEEE Intercloud Testbed, are also natural extensions of our activities.

Latest Newsletter


Monday, June 16th, 10am EST (6 hours difference to CEST)
Introduction to MapReduce (90 min)
Registration Link:
  • analysis of a large mail archive (the problem)
  • using MapReduce to solve a specific part of the problem (what are the most popular words)
  • details of logging into the AWS EMR cluster
  • run the example
  • MapReduce skit
Monday, June 16th, 1pm EST
Data Intensive System/Science Introduction (120 min)
Registration Link:
  • Why are we doing this? Motivation for the area and subject of the course
  • History of HPC, big data, Moore's Law.
  • Science domain areas, and problems in each of those areas that motivate the need for this. Where are we today, and what is the projected need later? How are things driven by increases in computing power?
  • Definition of big data, big compute, why we need both combined
  • Characteristics of architecture, and how it's linked to changes in computing. Core speeds vs. multiple cores, running in parallel.
  • Mixture of trends, principles, and implementation in historic context that students should understand.
  • Parallel application types
  • 4th paradigm

STC Social Networking


Social Media Analysis for Crisis Management

STCSN E-Letter Vol.2 No.1,

Social networks and media sharing platforms were intensely used during and after recent disasters, e.g., the 2012 Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. or the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that most heavily hit the Philippines. To a large degree, social media was used by individuals in non-directed ways, rather than by crisis response agencies in an organised manner. Yet, social networks bear a lot of potential to involve the public in crisis response, acquire timely information from the disaster site, improve the operational picture, and help plan and perform response operations.

Integrating Social Media with Video Communication

STCSN E-Letter Vol.2 No.2,

Welcome to IEEE STCSN's E-Letter volume 2 number 2. This edition discussing a very interesting topic that steadily becomes more important: how does social networking integrate with video communication?

This E-Letter contains contributions from a very interesting European research project, Vconect (

STC Human Computation


New journal: Human Computation is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the electronic publication and print archiving of high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of human computation, which concerns the design or analysis of information processing systems in which humans participate as computational elements.

STC on Broadening Participation

… has a new Web site:
… come and join now!


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