New workloads are creating opportunities for novel optimized computing platforms in the datacenter. Furthermore, modern data centers are growing due to economies of scale and are facing significant challenges around power, underutilization, and high management cost.
The first part of this presentation will focus on how the requirements of workload consolidation, real world aware and network optimized computing will result in a diversity of platforms optimized for power and cost. I will discuss optimal SMP design points, stream processing, and the role of massive muticore and hybrid architectures.
The second part of the presentation will focus on the simplification of systems management. A new "datacenter architecture" is emerging to support massive application growth. This trend, coupled with some key technology trends such as virtualization and autonomic-homogeneous server-ensembles, will lead to fundamental changes in traditional enterprise datacenters. I will describe an exciting "living-lab" we have created IBM Research to explore this new data center architecture.