Application Provisioning Symposium

Jeff McAffer (IBM) and Tim Webb (Genuitec)

Tuesday, 9:00, 4 hours | Seminarraum 3-4

Selected Position Papers

Application Provisioning
Dimitar Valtchev – ProSyst, Germany

Appropriation: A work practice perspective to provisioning
Gunnar Stevens, Sebastian Draxler, Tobias Schwartz – Fraunhofer FIT & University of Siegen, Germany


Jeff McAffer


Tim Webb

Advance submission of a position paper is required in order to attend this symposium.

In a follow-on to the successful Ganymede Provisioning workshop, this symposium brings together committers and interested parties to report on and evaluate current provisioning initiatives, sketch efficient and practical solutions to real provisioning problems and identify opportunities for cooperation. In particular the discussion will focus on:
  • User workflows and experiences
  • Base provisioning technologies (e.g. transports, configuration, ...)
  • Architecture and deployment variations
  • Provisioning metadata design
Symposium attendees should be prepared to present their points of view on the various themes and describe where they see themselves interacting, contributing and cooperating with the various Eclipse projects (e.g. Equinox and Maya). Space is limited so preference will be given those who have written a short positioning paper outlining their provisioning use cases and potential contributions. Consider answering the question: "What shape should the new provisioning technology take and how will you use it to provision in your scenarios?"

Jeff McAffer leads the Eclipse Equinox OSGi, RCP and Orbit teams and is a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM Rational. He is one of the architects of the Eclipse Platform and a co-author of The Eclipse Rich Client Platform (Addison-Wesley). He is a member of the Eclipse Project PMC, the Tools project PMC and the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors. Jeff is currently interested in all aspects of Eclipse componentry, from developing and building bundles to deploying, installing and ultimately running them. Previous lives included work in distributed/parallel OO computing (Server Smalltalk, massively parallel Smalltalk) as well as expert systems, meta-level architectures and a PhD at the University of Tokyo.

Tim Webb leads the Maya project, established this spring, targeting multi-system provisioning of Eclipse applications. He currently works for Genuitec developing a commercial provisioning offering, in addition to his ongoing leadership of the Maya project. Previously Tim lead the development and eventual contribution of the Maya platform by Cisco Systems to the Eclipse community, in addition to multiple other Eclipse and OSGi-based internal products.

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