Hydra is a tech conference that gathers top-rated scientists and developers willing to dive deep into concurrent and distributed computing. Hydra 2020 will be held on July 10-11 in Moscow, Russia.
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.
Michael L. Scott is the Arthur Gould Yates Professor of Engineering and past chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, USA. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and a recipient of the 2006 SIGACT/SIGOPS Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize.
His textbook on programming language design and implementation (Programming Language Pragmatics, 4th ed., Morgan Kauffman, 2016) is used at more than 200 universities around the world.
In the java.util.concurrent library, he is a co-inventor of the ConcurrentLinkedQueue, Exchanger, and SynchronousQueue classes.
Dr Heidi Howard is a research fellow based at Cambridge University's Department of Computer Science and Technology. Heidi's research focuses on improving consistency, reliability and performance in distributed systems. Heidi received her BA in Computer Science from Cambridge University in 2014. In 2019, Heidi received her PhD from Cambridge University for her research on distributed consensus. Heidi is probably most widely known for her generalizations of the widely used Paxos algorithm for solving consensus, including her work on Flexible Paxos.
Cindy Sridharan is a distributed systems engineer based out of San Francisco, California. She's the author of a book on Distributed Systems Observability (2018) and an upcoming book on distributed systems in the cloud (2022). She maintains a blog where she writes about building and maintaining reliable systems.