Stanford Cloud Workshop

The Industry-Academia Partnership (IAP) held the Stanford IAP Cloud Workshop on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, with the theme "Meeting the Future Needs of the Data Center and Cloud.”

Comments from Academic Participants

Professor Onur Mutlu, the Strecker Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the inaugural winner of the IEEE Computer Society TCCA Young Computer Architect Award stated, “This was a terrific workshop, a delight to participate along with so many academic and industry colleagues, and the many students from Stanford, Berkeley and, of course, Carnegie Mellon.  I view interactions with our industry colleagues like this as key to informing our research activities, and greatly look forward to hosting an IAP Workshop in 2014.”

Professor Christos Kozyrakis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Stanford University stated after his afternoon keynote, “We are at an exciting time in cloud computing, and also a challenging time for cloud technologies, as operators strive to meet increasing performance and cost-of-ownership demands. I was very pleased to see the broad industry participation at this Workshop from across the technology solution stack in hardware and software, as well as the enthusiastic participation from the other universities in addition to Stanford.”

Professors Mutlu and Kozyrakis are IAP Board Advisors. Prof. Kozyrakis was the Stanford host and Workshop co-organizer with Paul Rad of Rackspace and Jim Ballingall, IAP Executive Director.

The Best Poster Award went to Christina Delimitrou of Stanford, presented by Monique Morrow, CTO Services at Cisco and Amer Haider, Vice President, Cavium. Delimitrou was awarded $500 for her presentation entitled “Improving Resource-Efficiency in Cloud Computing”.

Panelists (left to right): Prof. Christos Kozyrakis, Stanford, Monique Morrow, CTO Services at Cisco, Mukhtiar Shaikh, Distinguished Engineer at Brocade, and Kin-Yip Liu, Sr. Director of  Systems Applications Engineering at Cavium debate the future of cloud resource management – virtualization vs. containers vs. bare metal. The panel was moderated by Prof. Kozyrakis.

In addition to the panel, there were expert presentations on the hardware and software technology needs to support the future data center and cloud from industry engineers and professors, including Brocade, Carnegie Mellon, Cavium, Samsung, Sandisk, Stanford, and the University of Toronto.  The student poster session displayed cloud related research by students from Carnegie Mellon University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the University of Toronto, representing the collective contributions of 25 students, professors, and industry researchers.


Vivek Seshadri, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon, describes his poster on memory systems to Stanford grad students Jonathan Ellithorpe and Satoshi Matsushita.

Dr. Samira Khan, Carnegie Mellon, describes a collaborative research effort with industry for more efficient hardware/software cooperative management of storage and memory

Several high tech companies involved in data center operations, infrastructure and hardware components and software were represented at the workshop including Brocade, Cisco, Cavium, LG CNS, OpenStack, Rackspace, SanDisk, Samsung, and SK Hynix. Rackspace donated Free Openstack Training to many student attendees, a 12-hour course conducted on university campuses.

Mike Harris of SanDisk describes the SanDisk corporate culture to several interested students at the Career Fair that ran during lunch, co-located with the Poster Viewing Session.

Comments from Industry Participants

Monique Morrow, CTO Services at Cisco, commented, “This was an excellent event! The caliber of the speakers at the Stanford Cloud Workshop was very impressive.  These Workshops are a terrific opportunity to network with leaders in the field and meet with many talented grad and undergrad students from leading universities.  I was really pleased to see the strong turnout and the energy of the students from Stanford, as well as from Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon.”

Bob Brennan, Senior Vice President at Samsung commented, "An IAP Workshop is a great conference to discuss disruptive technology trends.  The Workshop format provides a structured yet informal setting for give-and-take discussion, and it was wonderful to interact with so many academics and talented students. Samsung is delighted participate in IAP Workshops for their R&D value, and our recruiting team enjoyed the enthusiasm of the students in the Career Fair session during lunch."

Mukhtiar Shaikh, Distinguished Engineer at Brocade commented, "The IAP Cloud Workshop at Stanford was extremely worthwhile for me and my Brocade 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.”

Paul Rad, Vice President of Private Cloud Certification at Rackspace stated, “The IAP is a unique association of high level industry and academia researchers dedicated to new developments that impact the future data center. At Rackspace, we view university collaboration to be a key component for R&D and new product development and also view these IAP Workshops to be outstanding venues to interact with fellow researchers and students.”

Dr. Brian O'Krafka, Chief Architect and Fellow at SanDisk commented, “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 student poster presentations were truly excellent, and I was delighted the Q&A for my presentation extended well into the break after the session, reflecting the strong interest from students and industry alike in our work on cloud workloads.”

Kin-Yip Liu, Sr. Director, Systems Applications Engineering at Cavium, stated, “I am very pleased to participate in activities like these in an area where industry-academia collaborations are essential to push innovation forward. It also was great to see our HR and university relations teams meeting with many students in the Career Fair session during lunch. I greatly look forward to IAP workshops in 2014.”