Harvard Workshop

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

  • Professor David Brooks, Harvard University,
  • Professor José Martínez, Cornell University,
  • Professor Onur Mutlu, Carnegie Mellon University, and
  • Professor Daniel Sanchez, MIT. 

Several companies involved in data center operations, infrastructure and hardware components and software were represented at the Workshop including

  • Cavium,
  • Dell,
  • Google,
  • HP,
  • Quanta,
  • Radisys,
  • Red Hat, and
  • SK Hynix. 

Industry presenters included Dr. Shubu Mukherjee of Cavium, Rajesh Narayan of Dell, and Jon Masters of Red Hat.

Panellists (left to right): Shubu Mukherjee, David Brooks, Daniel Sanchez and Onur Mutlu
Panellists (left to right): Shubu Mukherjee, David Brooks, Daniel Sanchez and Onur Mutlu

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.

David Brooks, Harvard Jon Masters, Red Hat
David Brooks, Harvard Jon Masters, Red Hat

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."

Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat, in his presentation in the morning session stated, “The caliber of the attendees at the Harvard IAP Workshop is very impressive.  This is a terrific opportunity to dialog and network with leaders in the field who have a stake such as we do in developing technologies to support the evolving data center.”

Dr. Kim Hazelwood, of Google Research and former professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia commented, “I am very pleased to participate in activities like these in an area where industry-academia collaborations are essential. I look to forward to future IAP workshops.”

For additional information, photos and several comments from Workshop participants, please see News and Gallery.