Hydra is a tech conference that gathers top-rated scientists and developers willing to dive deep into concurrent and distributed computing. Hydra 2021 will be held on June 15-18.
Computing nowadays is inherently concurrent and distributed. Be it a mainstream multi-core machine, a computing cluster, or a large-scale distributed service, a modern computing system involves multiple processes that concurrently perform independent computations and communicate to synchronize their activities. Understanding concurrent and distributed computations is therefore essential to be competitive in practice or research in computer science and engineering.
Maurice Herlihy has an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T. He has served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, the 2008 ISCA influential paper award, the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, and the 2013 Wallace McDowell award. He received a 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Lecturing Fellowship, and he is fellow of the ACM, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lena Hall is a Director of Engineering at Microsoft. She is leading a team and technical strategy for product improvement efforts across Big Data services at Microsoft, as a part of Cloud Advocacy in Azure Engineering. Lena has more than 10 years of experience in software engineering with a focus on distributed cloud programming, real-time system design, highly scalable and performant systems, big data analysis, data science, functional programming, and machine learning. Previously, she was a senior software engineer at Microsoft Research. She’s co-organizes a conference called ML4ALL, and is often an invited member of program committees for conferences like Kafka Summit, Lambda World, and others. Lena holds a Master’s degree in computer science.
Software developer in the Kotlin Libraries Team. Also, part of the Concurrent Computing Lab at JetBrains working on verification of concurrent data structures and algorithms.
Jack Vanlightly is a distributed systems engineer and tester that has focused on messaging systems and distributed system testing. He has worked as a member of the RabbitMQ core team at VMware and is now a principal software engineer at Splunk working on the Apache Pulsar/BookKeeper messaging stack.