Services & Distributed Objects:
Architectures for Decentralized Applications
panel will compare and contrast how, and whether, two widely-touted approaches
will integrate applications across the Internet. On one hand is tried-and-tested
technology for distributed object development such as CORBA; on the other
is a wave of hype around so-called 'Web Services' and standards such as
SOAP and XML. The new challenge is one of decentralization: going beyond
departmental- or enterprise-scale integration towards assembling services
from multiple, independent organizations. Some of the key questions our
panelists will explore will be: Are these technologies essentially similar,
or is there something new here? Are these challenges fundamentally different?
and how to choose the right tool for the job.
Rohit Khare founded KnowNow
in 2000 based on his doctoral research at the Information and Computer
Science department at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on
next-generation protocols for HTTP and proactive event notification services
with Prof. Richard N. Taylor. Rohit's participation in Internet standards
development with world renowned technical teams at MCI's Internet Architecture
group and the World Wide Web Consortium at the MIT Laboratory for Computer
Science, where he focused on security and eCommerce issues, led him to
found 4K Associates as well as editing the World Wide Web Journal for
O'Reilly & Associates. Rohit received a B.S. in Economics and in Engineering
and Applied Science with honors from Caltech in 1995 and a Master's degree
and Ph.D. in Software Engineering from UC Irvine in 2000 and 2003, respectively.
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen
Microsoft in the XML Protocol WG together with Paul Cotton. He is the
editor of the SOAP/1.1 spec submitted  to the W3C (became a W3C Note
 on May 8). Other specs he has been co-authored in the past include
HTTP/1.0 , HTTP/1.1 , and the HTTP Extension Framework . He is
primarily interested in the Web as a decentralized, distributed information
space. He worked at W3C from 1995 to 1999 where he led the HTTP, the HTTP-NG,
and the Web Characterization Activities. From 1994-95 he worked at CERN
as a student under Tim Berners-Lee.
Mark Thomsen is a founder of Alodar Systems,
Inc., a Southern California software engineering consultancy. He has
two decades of experience in project management, databases, and object
technology. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University
of Southern California.