Teaching Deployed Data Centers New Tricks

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
POB 2.302, Avaya Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The cloud is an area of intense competition and rapid innovation.  Cloud companies are highly incentivized to provide useful, performant differentiated services rapidly and cost-effectively. In this talk, I will describe Microsoft's approach to enable such services using strategically placed reconfigurable logic, discuss how that introduction can fundamentally change our data center architecture, and show some specific uses and describe their benefits. 

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Derek Chiou

Derek Chiou

Partner Architect

Derek Chiou is a Partner Architect at Microsoft where he leads the Azure Cloud Silicon team working on FPGAs and ASICs for data center applications and infrastructure, and a researcher in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin.  Until 2016, he was an associate professor at UT.  His research areas are novel uses of FPGAs, high performance computer simulation, rapid system design, computer architecture, parallel computing, Internet router architecture, and network processors.  Before going to UT, Dr. Chiou was a system architect and lead the performance modeling team at Avici Systems, a manufacturer of terabit core routers. Dr. Chiou received his Ph.D., S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.