Future of Data Center Computing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
POB 2.302
Free and open to the public

Computing has been driven by cost reduction for the last 70 years.  In the next 10 years the contribution to cost reduction by hardware technology will lessen because of economic constraints and physical limits.  The reduction in costs offered by automation and cloud computing will be discussed.  The “Born in the Cloud” and open source programming development models are significantly reducing the cost of application development.  Mobile computing and API’s are radically changing how information technology is consumed and developed.  The direction of information technology is now being driven more by new business ideas than new technology ideas. The traditional Specmark metrics are being replaced by cost of use metric such as $/VM Hour.

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Carl Anderson


Carl J. Anderson received his BS in physics from the University of Missouri in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University Wisconsin in 1979.  He joined IBM Research in 1979 where he did circuit design, package design and test on the Josephson Superconducting Computer program.  From 1983 to 1992 he worked in Gallium Arsenide  Optoelectronics design and fabrication.  In 1992 Carl became the Senior Silicon circuit design manager and was responsible for the conversion of the S/390 high-end mainframe from bipolar technology to custom CMOS technology.  In 1997 Carl started worked on the Power4 microprocessor and was responsible for the physical design.  Carl became an IBM Fellow in 2000 and was responsible for physical design and tools in IBM server division. In 2003 received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wisconsin for his microprocessor design contributions.  In the last 6 years Carl has worked on data center design, servers for clouds, and cloud computing.  He was responsible for the understanding of the economics of Green data centers and a data center in Iceland.  Carl was the IBM lead for server and data center workshops with large internet data center companies.  He was the first person in IBM to model the costs of the internet cloud providers.  He has implemented engineering clouds in IBM and for IBM customers.