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Computer Engineering Eminent Scholar Seminar: Resource Efficient Computing for Warehouse-scale Datacenters

April 26, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Christos Kozyrakis, Stanford University

Room 1020 Emerging Tech. Bldg. (ETB)

Abstract:   An increasing amount of information technology services and data are now hosted in the cloud, primarily due to the cost and scalability benefits for both the end-users and the operators of the warehouse-scale datacenters (DCs) that host cloud services. Hence, it is vital to continuously improve the capabilities and efficiency of these large-scale systems. Over the past ten years, capability has improved by increasing the number of servers in a DC and the  bandwidth of the network that connects them. Cost and energy efficiency have improved by eliminating the high overheads of the power delivery and cooling infrastructure. To achieve further improvements, we must now examine how well we are utilizing the servers themselves, which are the primary determinant for DC performance, cost, and energy efficiency. This is particularly important since the semiconductor chips used in servers are now  energy limited and their efficiency does not scale as fast as in the past. This talk motivates the need for resource efficient computing in large-scale datacenters and reviews the major challenges and research opportunities.

Bio:  Christos Kozyrakis is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Stanford University. He works on architectures, runtime environments, and programming models for parallel computing systems. At Berkeley, he developed the IRAM architecture, a novel media-processor system that combined vector processing with embedded DRAM technology. At Stanford, he co-led the Transactional Coherence and Consistency (TCC) project at Stanford that developed hardware and software mechanisms for programming with transactional memory. He also led the Raksha project, that developed practical hardware support and security policies to deter high-level and low-level security attacks against deployed software. Dr. Kozyrakis is currently working on hardware and software techniques for resource efficient cloud computing. He is also a member of the Pervasive Parallelism Lab at Stanford, a multi-faculty effort to make parallel computing practical for the masses. Christos received a BS degree from the University of Crete (Greece) and a PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley (USA), both in Computer Science. He was a visiting faculty at Google during 2011. Christos is the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell faculty scholar at Stanford and a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE. He has received the NSF Career Award, an IBM Faculty Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and a Noyce Family Faculty Scholarship.

Host:  Dr. Reddy

 

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Date:
April 26, 2013
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm