Parthasarathy Ranganathan : 2011 Plenary Session


Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Green Clouds: The Next Frontier"
3:45pm - 4:15pm


We are entering an exciting era for datacenter design. In addition to continued advances in performance, next-generation designs are also addressing important challenges around power, sustainability, manageability, reliability, and scalability. At the same time, a confluence of emerging technologies (such as photonics, non-volatile storage and 3D stacking), and new workloads (around cloud computing, unstructured data, and virtualization) offer additional new opportunities and challenges. The confluence of these trends motivates a rethinking of system design motivated by "holistic" considerations -- across the entire systems stack, and cross-cutting traditional discipline boundaries. In this talk, we will examine what such a rethinking means for the datacenter of the future and its associated management. Using illustrative examples from recent research, we will discuss the potential for dramatic (10-100X) improvements in efficiency with such future designs, and the challenges and opportunities for future research.


Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs with research interests in systems architecture and manageability, energy-efficiency, and sustainability. He currently leads the data-centric data center research at HP Labs. Partha received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Rice University, Houston. Partha's work has been featured in various venues including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, Times of India, slashdot, etc. He is a recipient of Rice University's Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni award and was named one of the world's top young innovators by MIT Technology Review. More details can be found at his web page.