SPECIAL JOINT INTEL RESEARCH PITTSBURGH / SDI / LCS SEMINAR
Thursday July 26, 2007
With the massive amounts of data arising from such diverse sources as telescope imagery, medical records, online transaction records, and web pages, DISC systems have the potential to achieve major advances in science, health care, business, and information access. DISC opens up many important research topics in system design, resource management, programming models, parallel algorithms, and applications. By engaging the academic research community in these issues, we can more systematically and in a more open forum explore fundamental aspects of a societally important style of computing. Recent papers on parallel programming by researchers at Google (OSDI '04) and Microsoft (EuroSys '07) present the results of using up to 1800 processors to perform computations accessing up to 10 terabytes of data. Operating at this scale requires fundamentally new approaches to scheduling, load balancing, and fault tolerance. The academic research community must start working at these scales to have impact on the future of computing and to ensure the relevance of their educational programs.
Dr. Bryant teaches courses in computer systems. Along with David R. O'Hallaron, he developed a novel approach to teaching about the hardware, networking, and system software that comprise a system from the perspective of an advanced programmer, rather than from those of the system designers. Their textbook ``Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective'' is now in use at over 110 universities worldwide and has been translated into Chinese and Russian.
Dr. Bryant received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the
University of Michigan in 1973, and his PhD from MIT in 1981. He was
on the faculty at Caltech from 1981 to 1984.
Visitor Host: David O'Hallaron