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Arkaitz Ruiz-Alvarez


My name is Arkaitz Ruiz-Alvarez and I am a graduate student at University of Virginia. My advisor is Prof. Humprey and my research interests include virtualization, Grid, Cloud and distributed computing.

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Arkaitz Ruiz-Alvarez
235 Olsson Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
arkaitz AT virginia DOT e d u

I come from the Basque Country, in North Spain. I earned my Computer Engineering degree at University of Deusto and stayed for one year in their Ph.D. program. As a Ph.D. student, I was part of the DELi research group. I transfered to UVA in Fall 2006 and earned my Master of Computer Science on May 2008. I am grateful for the financial support of Fundacion Caja Madrid from 2006 to 2008.


While I was part of the DELi research group at University of Deusto I conducted research related to the Open Archives Initiative protocol for metadata harvesting.

Currently, my research focus is Grid, Cloud and Distributed Computing. I have participated in the development of BES++, which implements the High Performance Computing Profile specification defined by the Open Grid Forum.


ACM DL Author-ize serviceAn automated approach to cloud storage service selection
Arkaitz Ruiz-Alvarez, Marty Humphrey
ScienceCloud '11 Proceedings of the 2nd international workshop on Scientific cloud computing, 2011
ACM DL Author-ize serviceEarly observations on the performance of Windows Azure
Zach Hill, Jie Li, Ming Mao, Arkaitz Ruiz-Alvarez, Marty Humphrey
HPDC '10 Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing, 2010

A. Ruiz-Alvarez, C. Smith and M. Humphrey.BES++: HPC Profile Open Source C Implementation.  9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2008). September 29th – October 1st, 2008. Tsukuba, Japan. 

A. Ruiz-Alvarez and K. Hazelwood. Evaluating the Impact of Dynamic Binary Translation Systems on Hardware Cache Performance. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC 2008). Seattle, Washington, USA. September 2008.


During my Ph.D. studies I have participated in two Open Source projects: zOAC and BES++.

zOAC: The Open Archive Cataloguer (zOAC) project applies the OAI-PMH protocol for automatic metadata harvesting and aggregation of bibliographic records and has been developed over the web application server Zope. Based on Pentila's ZOpenArchives Zope Product.


BES++: A C/C++ based client and server implementation of the OGSA Basic Execution Service, used to provide a Web Services interface to distributed resource managers such as Platform LSF and PBS/PBS Pro. The SOAP stack is provided by the gSOAP toolkit.



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