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Moncton CyberSocial Networking Event

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5 pm
Where: Venn Innovation Inc. — 735 Main Street, Suite 201, Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 1E5
Who: Anyone connected to (or interested in) the Information Technology industry in New Brunswick
Cost: Free with a cash bar provided

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IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic

IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic

From J9 to OMR: Developing Technologies to Improve Virtual Machines

The Java virtual machine forms the underlying platform for many of the technologies that IBM deploys in the cloud and enterprise domains. Having an efficient platform is key for ensuring that client applications operate in an optimal manner. For the last 5 years, CAS-Atlantic has collaborated with IBM to develop several technologies to increase the performance of their JVM.

In this talk, Dr. Kent will give a snapshot of some of the projects that have been undertaken and the outcomes and look ahead to some of the research that IBM and CAS-Atlantic has planned for collaborating together on OMR to provide a virtual machine that supports multiple languages, not just Java. In addition, he will discuss how local companies can benefit from this specialized expertise, including performance analysis and/or collaboration in the development of new supporting tools and applications.

About the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS Atlantic)

The IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS Atlantic) is an IBM-Research-based institution dedicated to promoting and cultivating collaborative research between IBM and the University of New Brunswick.

CAS Atlantic is located on the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus. The centre is envisaged as a broad based unit having both an education and research mandate. The Centre’s first project in the area of Accelerating Java Using Massive Multicore Systems has received funding from ACOA through a contribution from the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

In Partnership with IBM business units dedicated to research, development, and services, CAS Atlantic provides UNB with a window that spans a relevant cross-section of the Corporation. The Centre is a focal point for an effective, coordinated approach to university relations.

About Our Presenter

Dr. Kenneth Kent, Professor & Director, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies — Atlantic,
Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Kenneth B. Kent Dr. Kenneth Kent obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 2003, his M.Sc. from the same in 1999, and his B.Sc. Hons. from Memorial University in 1996. Since 2002, he has been a faculty member at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada).

Dr. Kent’s research interests include hardware/software co-design, reconfigurable computing, embedded systems, and software engineering. Dr. Kent has completed significant research on Java virtual machine technology including the use of distributed computing and dedicated hardware to accelerate Java execution, the basis of his MSC and PhD thesis respectively.

Recently, Dr. Kent has worked on improving the execution of the Java Virtual Machine in Multicore environments focusing on such issues as garbage collection, multilenancy, and reducing startup times. This work has contributed to several industrial collaborations and over 100 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Through the work with IBM on the J9 Java Virtual Machine, Dr. Kent has submitted 14 disclosures to IBM for consideration — of which six IBM has decided to patent (in progress) and 2 further IBM has decided to publish to prevent others from patenting. Recently, Dr. Kent received the IBM CAS Faculty Fellow of the Year Award as well as the IBM CAS Project of the Year award.


CyberSocial event attendees are always welcome to take a “Minute at the Mic” to announce anything that may be of interest to our members.

We hope to see you there!

The Moncton CyberSocial Networking Event offers a unique opportunity to get reacquainted with colleagues, make new industry connections, network with peers, and find out what’s happening in the local IT sector.

Our Mandate statement ~ The CyberSocial exists to increase momentum in the knowledge and technology industry, promote the exchange of knowledge, and provide a means of networking among our peers. ~ CyberSocial – Think inside the DOT.

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