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Title: The Future of the Cloud: Making the Internet work for Business and Government
Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies
Date & Time: February 10, 2011 15:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, ‘B’ Block, Third Floor, Kanwal Rekhi Building
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Dr. Tom Leighton is Chief Scientist and co-founded of Akamai Technologies. As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Dr. Leighton's innovative work led to the creation of Akamai and changed the way companies use the Internet for business. His early work recognized that a solution to freeing up Web congestion could be found in applied mathematics and algorithms so Akamai created one of the world's largest distributed computing platforms (over 82,000 Akamai servers in more than 650 cities across 70 countries) which sits on top of the public Internet. This "intelligent" network dynamically routes content and applications around the world in a way that ensures optimal performance, scalability, robust security and reliability. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in August 1998. Serving as Chief Scientist and as a Director to the Board, Dr. Leighton is Akamai's technology visionary as well as a key member of the Executive Committee setting the company's direction. Dr. Leighton's technology achievements at Akamai have resulted in a number of key patents and earned him recognition as one of the Top 10 Technology Innovators in *U.S. News & World Report*. He has also served on the US President's Information Technology Advisory Committee focusing on digital rights management and cybersecurity. As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Dr. Leighton's work behind establishing Akamai was based on recognizing that a solution to freeing up Web congestion could be found in applied mathematics and algorithms. Akamai has demonstrated this through the creation of the world's largest distributed computing platform that dynamically routes content and applications across a network of over 56,000 servers. Dr. Leighton's technology achievements at Akamai earned him recognition as one of the Top 10 Technology Innovators in *U.S. News & World Report*. Dr. Leighton is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT and has been a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) since its inception in 1996. Dr. Leighton holds numerous patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, algorithms for networks, cryptography, and digital rights management. During the course of his career, he has served on dozens of government, industrial and academic review committees; program committees; and editorial boards. He is a former two-term chair of the 2,000-member Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Complexity Theory, and a former two-term editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM, the nation's premier journal for computer science research. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Leighton served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), during which time he chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Dr. Leighton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Leighton has published more than 100 research papers, and his leading text on parallel algorithms and architectures has been translated into several languages. Dr. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT.
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