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Extending our understanding of coordination. The temporal emergence of a Grid infrastructure for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

  • Speaker:   Dr.  Will Venters  (London School of Economics)
  • Host:   J. Brooke
  • 5th March 2014 at 14:00 in Kilburn L.T. 1.4
I will report on my forthcoming paper* concerning the way in which collective groups coordinate a Grid infrastructure during its development and as it came into use. Here particle physicists and computer specialists altered the coordination of the Grid?s workload through their actions. Drawing upon theories from the social study of science and management I discuss how large scale digital infrastructures form are influenced by different remembered pasts and imagined futures. I will introduce the case study, discuss the theory used, and describe the findings. I will then use this work to discuss the implications for other large-scale distributed digital infrastructures including those associated with so-called cloud computing and smart-city initiatives drawing upon cases from my recent book, and on work I am undertaking on electric-mobility initiatives in Berlin.

* Venters,W. E.Oborn, M. Barrett (2014) A Trichordal Temporal Approach to Digital Coordination: The Sociomaterial Mangling of the CERN Grid. MIS Quarterly, September 2014

Biography: Dr Venters is an assistant professor in management at the London School of Economics where he researches distributed systems development, Grid and Cloud Computing and Knowledge Management. He holds a doctorate from the University of Salford, and a first-class degree in computer science from the University of Manchester. He has researched the organisation of distributed work and systems in various organisations including government-related organisations, the construction industry, financial services, health, and most recently among particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has undertaken consultancy for a wide range of companies, and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, MIS Quarterly, Information Technology and People, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management Research & Practice. He is associate editor for Information Technology and People and has co-authored a book on cloud computing published by Palgrave and titled ?Moving to the cloud corporation?.

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