The Industry-Academia Partnership (IAP) held its inaugural Workshop at Harvard University in the Maxwell Dworkin Building on May 21, 2013 with the theme "Meeting the Future Needs of the Data Center". Several professors presented their research work impacting the future data center, including
Several companies involved in data center operations, infrastructure and hardware components and software were represented at the Workshop including
Industry presenters included Dr. Shubu Mukherjee of Cavium, Rajesh Narayan of Dell, and Jon Masters of Red Hat.
A highlight of the event was a panel discussion on the "Outlook for Multi-core Compute for the Future Data Center", that discussed the new requirements placed on hyper-scale servers, the merits of the ARM vs. x86 architectures, homogeneous vs. heterogeneous multi-core and many core, and the commercial potential of the competitive offerings. The panel included Professor Brooks, Dr. Mukherjee, Professor Mutlu, Professor Sanchez and was moderated by IAP Executive Director Dr. Jim Ballingall.
Professor Brooks, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, 2011 Winner of the Maurice-Wilkes Award, and IAP Board Advisor commented, "This was a very productive workshop to address a very important topic as the data center has become a true technology driver for hardware and software. I view interactions with our industry colleagues like this to be indispensable to informing our research directions and rounding out our students' educational experiences."
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