Future Systems Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 20, 2005
7:00 PM
Free and open to the public

There is an increasing trend toward "Scale-out" systems that are designed using interconnected, low-cost, modular components. Even on the chip, multiple cores and accelerators will be combined to form computing blocks with potential for superior performance and power/performance. The challenge for the system designer is to achieve this potential for the widest range of applications possible, while approaching or even exceeding the reliability/availability characteristics and manageability of more traditional Scale-up systems. In this talk we discuss how IBM Research is attacking this challenge through innovative modular systems architectures and designs, including the software that provides virtualization, partitioning, and manages a scale-out system as a single entity. The spectrum of scale-out systems will range from game machines to supercomputers, and we are placing an increased focus on optimizing scale-out systems for commercial applications.

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Tilak Agerwala

Vice President, Systems Research