2016 IBM Fellow: Gosia Steinder

2016 IBM Fellow: Gosia Steinder


IBM Fellows [Photos of past IBM Fellows] 2016 IBM Fellow: Gosia Steinder Cloud Computing Scientist, IBMResearch I can track my interest in solving deep technical challenges to the days when I was growing up as a teenager in Poland. To my parents, who were always encouraging me to pursue math and physics. Sciences in general. Maybe at that time 1980s in Poland a lot of people were considering industry jobs. Nobody was thinking necessarily about working for IBM. I don’t believe this was considered as a particularly likely possibility. So I was always required to do more than was strictly expected. I think that helped me develop this excitement about always trying to do something a little harder than what I already knew how to do. The entire body of my work that I am doing here at IBM is around automation of resource management. In data centers and then later on in the cloud. That body of work is very focused on helping the user to do certain management tasks easier. It’s removing the manual effort, which is generally a costly effort. The first thing that gives me satisfaction is seeing it work. Seeing that a thing that was previously taking a long time for someone to do or could not be done at all because essentially was too complex, now with the application of efficient algorithms and system design can be done completely automatically. The biggest challenge is always finding the right problem, and formulating the right problem that is relevant to some user. So it’s always listening to need, understanding what the true requirements are, and adjusting your idea so you learn more and more about the problem. Once you accomplish that the problem usually becomes easier because we as scientists have a lot of tricks are in our bag to solve problems. Cloud computing originates from many other interesting ideas that preceded it. My first adventure with this general idea was when I was an intern in IBM in 2000 and I was working than on project called Oceano. And Oceano was essentially this high level vision of being able to offer computer resources to users as utility, same way as electricity. It was very visionary at the time I don’t believe anybody in the industry was really working on that. But here at IBM, we already were pursuing this vision

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