The emergence of powerful, always-on cloud utilities has transformed how consumers interact with information technology, enabling video streaming, intelligent personal assistants, and the sharing of content. Businesses, too, have benefited from the cloud, outsourcing much of their information technology to cloud services. Science, however, has not fully exploited the advantages of the cloud. Could scientific discovery be accelerated if mundane chores were automated and outsourced to the cloud? Leading computer scientists Ian Foster and Dennis Gannon argue that it can, and in this book offer a guide to cloud computing for students, scientists, and engineers, with advice and many hands-on examples. The book surveys the technology that underpins the cloud, new approaches to technical problems enabled by the cloud, and the concepts required to integrate cloud services into scientific work. It covers managing data in the cloud, and how to program these services; computing in the cloud, from deploying single virtual machines or containers to supporting basic interactive science experiments to gathering clusters of machines to do data analytics; using the cloud as a platform for automating analysis procedures, machine learning, and analyzing streaming data; building your own cloud with open source software; and cloud security.The book is accompanied by a website, Cloud4SciEng.org, that provides a variety of supplementary material, including exercises, lecture slides, and other resources helpful to readers and instructors.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 09/22/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 391 pages
The Grid is an emerging infrastructure that will fundamentally change the way we think about-and use-computing. The word Grid is used by analogy with the electric power grid, which provides pervasive access to electricity and has had a dramatic impact on human capabilities and society. Many believe that by allowing all components of our information technology infrastructure-computational capabilities, databases, sensors, and people-to be shared flexibly as true collaborative tools the Grid will have a similar transforming effect, allowing new classes of applications to emerge. -From the Preface In 1998, Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman introduced a whole new concept in computing with the first edition of this book. Today there is a broader and deeper understanding of the nature of the opportunities offered by Grid computing and the technologies needed to realize those opportunities. In Grid 2, the editors reveal the revolutionary impact of large-scale resource sharing and virtualization within science and industry, the intimate relationships between organization and resource sharing structures and the new technologies required to enable secure, reliable, and efficient resource sharing on large scale.Foster and Kesselman have once again assembled a team of experts to present an up-to-date view of Grids that reports on real experiences and explains the available technologies and new technologies emerging from labs, companies and standards bodies. Grid 2, like its predecessor, serves as a manifesto, design blueprint, user guide and research agenda for future Grid systems.
- 30 chapters including more than a dozen completely new chapters.
- Web access to 13 unchanged chapters from the first edition.
- Three personal essays by influential thinkers on the significance of Grids from the perspectives of infrastructure, industry, and science.
- A foundational overview of the central Grid concepts and architectural principles.
- Twelve application vignettes showcase working Grids in science, engineering, industry, and commerce.
- Detailed discussions of core architecture and services, data and knowledge management, and higher-level tools.
- Focused presentations on production Grid deployment, computing platforms, peer-to-peer technologies, and network infrastructures.
- Extensive bibliography and glossary.
Published by: Morgan Kaufmann | Publication date: 12/02/2003Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 748 pages
Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools (Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Both Traditional Students and Working Professionals Acquire the Skills to Analyze Social Problems.Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools shows how to apply data science to real-world problems in both research and the practice. The book provides practical guidance on combining methods and tools from computer science, statistics, and social science. This concrete approach is illustrated throughout using an important national problem, the quantitative study of innovation.The text draws on the expertise of prominent leaders in statistics, the social sciences, data science, and computer science to teach students how to use modern social science research principles as well as the best analytical and computational tools. It uses a real-world challenge to introduce how these tools are used to identify and capture appropriate data, apply data science models and tools to that data, and recognize and respond to data errors and limitations. For more information, including sample chapters and news, please visit the author's website.
Published by: Chapman and Hall/CRC | Publication date: 09/15/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Fallian's origins are shrouded in mystery. Half angel and half daemon, he is God's most unlikely and faithful servant and is about to embark upon his most difficult mission yet. In the halls of the Citadel, at the very centre of Hades, Lucifer the King of all daemons has finally found a way to escape from his incarceration. The greatest army ever imagined gathers at Hells Gates, ready to invade the lands of Afterworld and exact revenge on the very angels that imprisoned them thousands of years before.As the fate of Afterworld hangs in the balance, fate throws together a group of unlikely souls. They will need to overcome danger, battle with daemons and barter with the ancient Gods.Can good prevail over evil or will the balance of power change forever?
Published by: Ian Foster | Publication date: 05/27/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 621 pages
Joan of Arc: The Collection: 5 Collected Novels about Joan of Arc (Complete Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc By Mark Twain included)
Joan of Arc: The CollectionIncluded in the book are the stories of Joan of Arc wrote by admirable authors - Mark Twain- Laura E. Richards- Lord Ronald Gower- Lucy Foster Madison - Mrs. Oliphant. Included in this book are:
5 collected stories of Joan of Arc 1. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Volume 1 and 2) by Mark Twain2. Joan of Arc by Laura E. Richards3. Joan of Arc by Lord Ronald Gower4. Joan of Arc: The Warrior Maid by Lucy Foster Madison5. Jeanne D'Arc, Her Life and Death by Mrs. Oliphant An individual, active Table of Contents for each book. You can reach any chapter of any book within 2 clicksAlso included in this book is a link to free, full-length audio recordings of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain (Volume 1 and 2) by Mark TwainThank you for choosing West Indiana Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 1527 pages
What to Expect When You're Adopting...: A practical guide to the decisions and emotions involved in adoption
As would-be parents cycle through the adoption process, they balance anxiety and fear with the life-altering decision of adoption. The emotional toll of this dance can be completely overwhelming and can confuse parents while navigating the decisions of how to expand their families. Drawing on extensive research and the author's own experience of being adopted, What to Expect When You're Adopting... does not gloss over the realities of the adoption process, but rather leads parents through the many stages and emotional aspects involved and offer practical and sensitive advice allowing you to:- Make crucial decisions with confidence- Build a strong foundation for your family- Separate the myths about adopted children from the realities - Discover the key to healthy attachment with your childDr Ian Palmer will also deal with the issues of single-parent adoption, infertility and, unusually, the option of remaining childless.
Published by: Ebury Digital | Publication date: 04/02/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 274 pages
In Forgotten Fruits, Christopher Stocks tells the fascinating - often rather bizarre - stories behind Britain's rich heritage of fruit and vegetables. Take Newton Wonder apples, for instance, first discovered around 1870 allegedly growing in the thatch of a Derbyshire pub. Or the humble gooseberry which, among other things, helped Charles Darwin to arrive at his theory of evolution. Not to mention the ubiquitous tomato, introduced to Britain from South America in the sixteenth century but regarded as highly poisonous for hearly 200 years.This is a wonderful piece of social and natural history that will appeal to every gardener and food aficionado.
Published by: Cornerstone Digital | Publication date: 05/07/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Para la literatura, el siglo XX ha significado uno de sus períodos más fecundos y diversos, una etapa en la que una extraordinaria paleta de escritores ha demostrado un vigor, una autenticidad y una lucidez incomparables. En 100 escritores del siglo XX resuenan algunas de estas voces fundamentales, que han contribuido a construir la imagen que el futuro tendrá de esta época: de Joseph Conrad a Ian McEwan, de Marcel Proust a Haruki Murakami, de Franz Kafka a Milan Kundera, de Bertolt Brecht a Ezra Pound, de Henry James a John Cheever... Con la excepción de los autores de las diversas literaturas hispánicas, a los cuales se dedica en exclusiva un volumen paralelo a este, 100 escritores del siglo XX (Ámbito internacional) reúne algunos de los nombres más destacados y representativos del mundo de las letras de este período.
Published by: RBA | Publication date: 04/02/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 912 pages
I’m an actor, a proper one, with an Equity card and all. I’ve appeared in numerous feature films, shorts and on TV but you won’t have heard of me. This book is about the real world, the stark and comic realities of life as an actor working at the very bottom of the profession. This isn’t Hollywood, California, more Hollywood, West Midlands.
Publication date: 08/22/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 203 pages
SHORTLISTED FOR THE KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017 'As fine as it is frightening' JOHN BANVILLE 'This one will stay with you like your shadow' Guardian 'Extraordinary . . . pitch-perfect' Irish Times'Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying' DONAL RYAN, author of The Spinning Heart'Like many great works, it could so easily have all gone wrong if it hadn’t been done exactly right' Sunday Independent It is the hottest August in living memory. A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again. She will tell him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.Why are members of her family disappearing, one by one? Is she telling the truth? Is he? In a world where reality is beginning to blur, how can we know what to believe?
Published by: Transworld Digital | Publication date: 05/19/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 177 pages