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.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Free and open to the public