Computing at the Extremes
Abstract: Computing at the limits of technology calls for numerous engineering decisions and tradeoffs. General purpose solutions do not work at the extremes. Traditional HPC has been analyzed for decades, resulting in specialized architectures. Systems for life critical systems, for large enterprises, for tiny devices, and other arenas have special requirements that push the state of the art. Different methods and approaches are needed for architecture, software engineering and system operation.
This talk will discuss a variety of these regimes, but will focus on some of the essential tradeoffs for the newer area of data intensive computing with enormous amount of information.
Biography: Stu is responsible for engineering activities at Google's offices in the eastern part of the Americas, with projects affecting most of the company's focus areas. He also has executive responsibility for several important Google products. He did his academic work in astrophysics and mathematics and earned his AB at Princeton and his PhD at MIT. He is Past President of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and received the 2003 ACM Software System Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the AAAS, a member of the Board of Directors of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International). He serves on a number of government advisory committees.
He has taught course at Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, and Yale. After graduating, Stu was a computer science researcher at Bell Labs and later a research manager at Bellcore. He was the creator of Make as well as the architect for a large new line of software products at Bellcore. At IBM he held various positions, including Vice President for Computer Science in IBM Research, where he drove the long-term and exploratory worldwide science strategy in computer science and related fields; Vice President for Internet Technology, with responsibility for IBM strategies, standards, and policies relating to the future of the Internet, and managed a department that created experimental Internet-based applications; and Director of IBM's Institute for Advanced Commerce, which was dedicated to creating intellectual leadership in e-commerce.