Stanford Cloud Workshop - 2016

The IAP Stanford Workshop on the Future of Cloud Computing was conducted on Friday, October 28, 2016 on the Stanford campus in the Oak West Room, Tresidder Memorial Union.

Platinum Sponsors of the Stanford Cloud Workshop

Dr. Amin Vahdat, Google Fellow, presents Cloud 3.0 and Software Defined Networking” to the audience during the morning technical session.

Participating professors and students were predominantly from Stanford, but also from Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and ETH Zurich. Stanford research centers, groups and labs that were represented included (1) the Computer Systems Lab, (2) the Future Data Systems Research Group, (3) the Pervasive Parallelism Lab, (4) the Platform Lab, and (5) the Secure Internet of Things Project.

Professor Christos Kozyrakis Welcomes Attendees and Offers Perspectives on the Value of IAP Workshops and Expectations for the Day

There were 13 technical presentations during the day by professors, students and industry scientists and engineers.  Companies presenting technical work included CAVIUM, CISCO, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, and SANDISK.  Several research posters were presented by grad students from Berkeley and Stanford.

The following speakers presented (alphabetical order). The agenda/schedule and abstracts are here

  • Prof. Peter Bailis, Stanford, “MacroBase: Prioritizing Attention in Fast Data”
  • Dr. Derek Chiou, Microsoft, “Microsoft’s Production Configurable Cloud”
  • Song Han , Prof. Bill Dally, and Prof. Mark Horowitz, “Deep Compression and Efficient Inference Engine: Deep Neural Network Model Compression and Hardware Acceleration”
  • Dr. Qi Huang, Facebook, “A Streaming Video Engine for Distributed Encoding at Scale”
  • Prof. Prof. Sachin Katti, Stanford, “Flashield: Shielding an SSD Cache from Evictions”
  • Ana Klimovic, Dr. Heiner Litz, and Prof. Christos Kozyrakis, Stanford, “ReFlex: Remote Flash ≈ Local Flash”
  • Prof. Phil Levis, Stanford,  “Securing the Internet of Things”
  • Prof. José Martínez, Cornell, “Fine-grain Management of Last-level Caches in Multicores with Minimal Hardware Support”
  • Jan Medved, Cisco, "Overcoming Performance Challenges for a Massive Distributed Data Store: Network and IoT Data Management using the OpenDaylight SDN Controller"
  • Dr. Pankaj Mehra, Sandisk, “Evolutionary Changes, Revolutionary Implications: Persistent Memory in the Data Center”
  • Dr. Shubu Mukherjee, Cavium, “Asim: The Cavium Super Model”
  • Prof. Timothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich, "Barrelfish: An OS for Real, Modern Hardware"
  • Dr. Amin Vahdat, Google,  “Cloud 3.0 and Software Defined Networking”

Comments from Workshop Attendees

"These IAP workshops bring together academics and some of the most exciting companies in the world - working on hardware, operating systems, networking and high end distributed data bases. This is a really good opportunity for exchange of ideas and to bring up upcoming problems and think about interesting cross cutting approaches we can develop in the future." – Professor Christos Kozyrakis, Stanford

"The workshop was great!  It's the kind of event that sustains deep two-way engagement between top-tier industry and academia - it keeps research on both sides inspired, relevant, impactful, and informed." – Professor Mothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich

"I have co-organized with Jim two of these workshops at Cornell, and also presented remotely at one of the MIT/Harvard ones. But this was my first time physically attending an "off-site" (from a Cornell POV!) IAP workshop. It was an excellent event! I loved the presentations, the interaction with students and industry folks, and the opportunity to catch up with Stanford colleagues."  – Prof. José Martínez, Cornell

This was the second IAP workshop I have attended. Once again, it was a great event and very well organized. The range of talks was excellent and the workshop provided a great opportunity to mingle and discuss future research directions.” – Martin Maas, PhD student, UC Berkeley

“This was a great event with talks and posters covering a wide range of topics in computer systems and architecture. The event brought colleagues in academia and industry together to discuss exciting research directions.” – Ana Klimovic, PhD student, Stanford

"The IAP workshop was a great venue to know about the cutting edge industry and academic research, along with getting useful feedback on your work.”  – Radhika Mittal, PhD student, UC Berkeley

“A good opportunity to mingle with industry and academia people and exchange ideas.  Really nice event!”  – Song Han, PhD student, Stanford

“Great collection of speakers. Very well organized. A unique opportunity to catch up with state of the art research both from academia and industry. I invited two of my colleagues to attend last call and they were kindly welcomed. Hope it is held more frequently and in a bigger scale in future.” – Dr. Ardevan Pedran, Research Fellow, Stanford


Dr. Pankaj Mehra (facing camera) converses with Professor Christos Kozyrakis (center of photo) and a student during a break in the presentations.

Scenes from the Poster Session

The Poster Session was held from 10:30AM-1PM, including the Lightning Round for students to present a brief verbal overview of their work to the entire audience.

The Poster Session provides ample time for discussions with the poster authors, making new connections with the Workshop attendees, and catching up with colleagues.

Ana Klimovic (right), a Stanford PhD student describes her work "REFLEX: REMOTE FLASH ≈ LOCAL FLASH" to Workshop attendees. Ana is advised by Professor Christos Kozyrakis, and also working on Reflex with Dr. Heiner Litz.

Professor Mothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich, points to data on Radhika Mittal's poster, "REVISITING NETWORK SUPPORT FOR RDMA". To his right (left in the photo) is Changhoon Kim, Barefooot Networks, and Radhika, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, advised by Professor Sylvia Ratnasamy and Professor Scott Shenker.

Martin Maas, (center) a PhD student at UC Berkeley, describes his work "GRAIL QUEST: A NEW PROPOSAL FOR HARDWARE-ASSISTED GARBAGE COLLECTION". Martin is working with Professor Krste Asanović and Professor John Kubiatowicz.

Stanford PhD student Song Han won the Best Poster Award for "Deep Compression and Efficient Inference Engine: Deep Neural Network Model Compression and Hardware Acceleration". Song is advised by Professor Bill Dally. He is congratulated by Dr. Pankaj Mehra, Senior Fellow, SanDisk/Western Digital, and Jim Ballingall, IAP Executive Director.