2013 Cornell Workshop

The Industry-Academia Partnership (IAP) held an IAP Workshop at Cornell University in the Statler Amphitheater on October 18, with the theme "Meeting the Future Needs of the Data Center."

Comments from Academic Participants

Professor Ken Birman, the N. Rama Rao Professor of Computer Science at Cornell commented,  “I actually thought it was a fantastic workshop, an unquestionable success, starting from the dinner the night before, through the workshop itself, to the post-event reception for the student Best Poster Awards. It was truly a delight to participate along with so many Cornell colleagues and students.  I view interactions with our industry colleagues like this as key to informing our research activities, and greatly look forward to the next IAP Workshop.”

Prof. José Martínez, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and graduate field member of Computer Science (CS) commented: "This was a very productive workshop on many levels: First of all, participation was quite high, in both attendance and caliber, and it was very active, which the IAP Workshop format supports quite naturally. Second, the Workshop included my colleagues from both ECE and CS here at Cornell, so we had broad academic participation, which brought some fresh perspectives to the problems and solutions impacting the future of cloud computing. Industry representation was fantastic.”

Prof. Martínez is an IAP Board Advisor, and was the Cornell campus host and Workshop co-organizer.

SanDisk Vice President and Fellow Dr. John Busch congratulates Qi Huang, Winner of Best Graduate Student Poster, for his research work “An Analysis of Facebook Photo Caching.”

Panelists (left to right): Dr. John Busch, SanDisk, Prof. Christopher Batten, Cornell, Dr. Shubu Mukherjee, Cavium and Prof. Ken Birman, Cornell, debate the prospects and means for improving the power efficiency of cloud computing by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude by 2020, enabling an exa-op data center that consumes no more than 10 megawatts. Prof. Martínez moderated the panel.


Please see the video below for excerpts from the panel

Prof. Ken Birman chats with student Qi Huang at the Poster Session. Ten posters were presented, representing the research contributions of more than 30 students.

Several academics presented their research work impacting the future data center and cloud including Prof. Martínez, Prof. Hakim Weatherspoon, Dr. Robert van Renesse, and Dr. Robert Soule of Cornell University, and Ph.D. student Svilen Kanev of Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Several high tech companies involved in data center operations, infrastructure and hardware components and software were represented at the workshop. Presentations were made by IAP members including Kiko Reis of Canonical (Ubuntu), Dr. John Busch of SanDisk, Tom Fry of Samsung, and Dr. Shubu Mukherjee of Cavium.

Samsung Senior Vice President Farhad Tabrizi talks with student Ki-Sun Lee about his research on cloud storage at the Poster Session.

Dr. Jim Ballingall and Prof. José Martínez congratulate Jordan Davis for winning Best Undergraduate Poster.

Comments from Industry Participants

Farhad Tabrizi, Senor Vice President, Samsung commented, “First of all, the quantity and quality of the information flowing at the workshop was tremendous. In a 24-hour period at Cornell, starting with the pre-event workshop dinner with the professors on the 17th, to the post-event workshop reception with students on the evening of the 18th, I viewed nine 30-minute presentations by cloud experts in industry and academia, 10 posters presented by outstanding students, and a 45-minute panel session on the future of the cloud with 5 world-leading experts from industry and academia.  The workshop activities and format provided ample opportunity to dialog with the other attendees and initiate new relationships; moreover, the facilities and service throughout were on par with the best of executive corporate events.  Bottom line, I left Cornell with some new relationships and ideas that will positively impact our work supporting cloud computing solutions at Samsung.”

Kiko Reis, Vice President of Hyperscale at Canonical (Ubuntu) gave the keynote presentation and afterwards commented, “The Cornell workshop was unlike other technical meetings and conferences I have attended. The IAP Workshop format provides a structured yet informal setting for give-and-take discussion that illuminates issues likes no other; as an example, my keynote was peppered by questions and comments from the audience, indicative of the level of passion and expertise in this field at Cornell. It was absolutely wonderful to interact with so many professors and talented students from diverse disciplines, and to meet many new colleagues in industry.”

Dr. John Busch, Vice President and SanDisk Fellow, stated, “The IAP provides a unique opportunity for a cloud storage solutions provider such as SanDisk to interact with leaders in academia and industry across the entire solution stack from components to software and data center infrastructure. The interactions with students and professors were informal and the caliber of the attendees at the Cornell IAP Workshop was extremely impressive. This was a terrific opportunity to dialog and network with other leaders in the field who, like SanDisk, have a stake in developing technologies to support the evolving data center and cloud.”

Dr. Shubu Mukherjee, Distinguished Engineer at Cavium stated, “The IAP Workshop at Cornell was extremely worthwhile for me and my Cavium colleagues; offering a forum to network with leading academic and industry stakeholders regarding the future needs of the data center. Our HR and university recruiting teams also made many new contacts at the workshop. We view university collaboration to be a key component for R&D and new product development and look forward to future IAP Workshops.”

Dr. Jim Ballingall, Executive Director, IAP summed up, “According to university program rankings such as U.S. News and World Report, 3 of the top 5 computer science and engineering programs in the world were represented at the Cornell IAP Workshop. We are also pleased with the high level of industry participation, and the breadth and depth of expertise represented; and we want to thank the students from the Cornell IEEE student chapter who assisted the IAP staff with checking in the Workshop pre-registrants, and assisting throughout the day.”