Current Workshop

Software Development Best Practices, and Artifact Measurement

September 30, 2003

Past Workshops

Trust and Dependability in Mobile, Wireless, and Pervasive Computing Environments
March 31-April 1 2003

Press Release March 14

Workshop on Open Trust Infrastructures   
December 11-12, 2002

Workshop on the Relationship between Privacy and Security
May 29-30, 2002


Workshop on States Security
March 27-28, 2002


Workshop on National ID Cards
November 28, 2001


Workshop on Trust Infrastructures
November 27, 2001


Sponsored by:

Seagate Technology

Tata Consultancy Services

About the Workshop Series

The Sustainable Computing Consortium in collaboration with the School of Computer Science, the Heinz School of Public Policy, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering 3C Center at Carnegie Mellon University, is pleased to present the Sustainability Workshop Series focusing on issues of improving the reliability of computer systems. These Workshops have been designed to help improve the national information technology infrastructure, as well as information technology productivity, by identifying what realistically can be implemented in the short term, and the long-term issues that need to be addressed.

Deliverables will include setting realistic short- and long-term goals for improving the information technology infrastructure. Focused on new, best-of-breed deployable solutions, and the “hard” problems of computer reliability, the Workshops will bring together technology providers and IT policy planners and executives. They will focus on setting realistic goals and dealing head on with difficult problems by involving decision-makers at all levels.

Who Should Attend?

Attendance at the Workshop Series is for those responsible for implementing information technology security, reducing corporate risk, and creating trust based on reliable, secure environments. This includes representatives from Industry, Government, and Academics such as:  Executives and CIOs, Security Program Managers, Marketing Executives, Enterprise Architects and Key Researchers. Those Executives responsible for delivering information technology products should also attend to stay current with the overall direction being taken in computer system reliability.

Workshop Alumni

Workshop Series Program 2003


March 31-April 1


Mobile/Pervasive Computing


Workshop Series Program 2002

March 27-28

May 29-30

December 11-12

States Security

Privacy and Security

Trust Infrastructures


About the Sustainable Computing Consortium

Information Technology is fast approaching money itself as the medium through which all commerce passes. Furthermore, it is the foundation for many critical systems on which industry depends, such as communications, transportation, and electrical power. A variety of specific examples establish sustainability as a critical business issue:

         Recent estimates suggest that defective computer systems cost US companies over $200 billion annually.

         According to the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon, the number of software vulnerabilities and security incidents more than doubled in 2001 to 52,658. These estimates represent only 20% of the actual number of incidents.

         Nearly all of the major IT vendors are now emphasizing dependability as a primary attribute of their systems. But terms like “Dependability,” “Quality,” and “Security” have been primarily defined in marketing terms rather than as technical values. The SCC’s combined efforts will greatly advance our ability to measure, improve and assure such values.

         Increased demand for interoperability and higher levels of customization and configuration make it difficult for a solution to be derived without contributions from all key stakeholders.

         The problem is complex and multifaceted, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and requires combined solutions to the technical, economic, legal, and policy challenges facing IT users and suppliers.

         Infrastructure dependability is an urgent national focus and many of the most challenging risks are in software.

         Important software-related legal and policy discussions are now underway that require a broader understanding of the underlying economic and technical issues.

“For the national economy and, in particular, the information technology industry, the dearth of trusted reliable, secure information systems is a barrier to future growth.”

National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

                                      September 18, 2002

Membership in the Consortium

Working in a highly interdisciplinary environment on one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world, membership in the Sustainable Computing Consortium is a great opportunity to take advantage of this world-class resource.

By becoming a Member of the Consortium, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Access to technologies to measure and enhance computing infrastructure sustainability. Members are entitled to a non-exclusive, internal-use license for the intellectual created by the SCC

  • Participation in the creation of dependability and security standards.

  • Preferential access to cutting-edge system dependability and security research, final specifications and documentation.

  • Opportunity to interact, through workshops and national events, with other organizations addressing sustainability challenges.

  • Access to the world’s leading thinkers on information technology, economics and policy.

  • Access to the members-only Web site containing information on events, technologies, software releases, working groups, forums, mailing lists, news and announcements.

  • The right to use the SCC logo on Web sites and to participate in SCC press releases, identifying the member as aggressively pursuing the attainment of high levels of sustainability.

  • Guaranteed participation in all workshops

Membership is open to all organizations interested in achieving order-of-magnitude improvements in dependability and security. For more information on SCC membership please contact (412) 268-8356 or visit:

For more information on becoming a Sponsor of the Consortium, please contact John Bourgein at (925) 376-8772 or e-mail

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