DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2016
TIME: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (refreshments served at 4:00 pm)
PLACE: Scaife Hall 125

SPEAKER: Kimberly Keeton, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Labs

TITLE: Memory-Driven Computing

Data growth is outpacing the compute and storage technologies that have provided the foundation of processor-driven architectures for the last four decades. This divergence requires a deep rethinking of how we build systems, and points towards a memory-driven architecture, where memory is the key resource and everything else, including processing, revolves around it.

The Machine is a memory-driven architecture from Hewlett Packard Labs that brings together byte-addressable non-volatile memory, photonic interconnects, and specialized SoCs in a "shared something" model, a middle ground between shared everything scale-up systems and shared nothing scale-out systems. As part of this program, we're building hardware, new OS features, new data stores, new analytics platforms, and new programming models. This talk will discuss the technologies that comprise The Machine and their implications for systems software and application programs, as well as describe the work we're doing at HPE to address some of these challenges and opportunities. [slides]

Dr. Kimberly Keeton holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Kim is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs.

Her recent research is in the areas of NVM-aware data stores and data analytics frameworks, NoSQL databases, and consistency models. She has also worked in the areas of storage and information management, storage dependability, workload characterization and intelligent storage.

She was a co-architect of the Express Query database, which provides metadata services for HPE's StoreAll archiving solution. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the IEEE.