University of Washington Cloud

Workshop - 2017

The IAP University of Washington Workshop on the Future of Cloud Computing will be conducted on Friday, March 31, 2017 on the University of Washington campus.

Room and Address: Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 334, 4001 E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195-2230.

Parking: UW has reserved spaces for visiting industry in the Padelford Garage, up the street from the HUB, accessed from Mason Road. Please identify yourself to the attendant at the gate house. (Address: Padelford Garage, Mason Road, Seattle, WA 98105)

Disability parking is available in a side lot next to the HUB.

Time: 8:00AM–6PM (Badge Pick-up at 8:00AM – Advance Registration is Required)

Admission is Free for undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and professors to attend this Workshop on emerging Cloud and IoT Technologies.

IAP Workshops feature a Technical Forum with a full day of in-depth technical presentations, with a student poster session conducted during the breaks and lunch. Please see speakers and agenda below. Students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering, math, the physical and biosciences are welcome.

The University of Washington graduate program in Computer Science was recently ranked one of the top programs in the world by US News and World Report.

Platinum Sponsors of the Cloud and IoT Workshop

Confirmed Speaker List (alphabetical order) is below. The current agenda/schedule and abstracts are here. Please check back later for additional speakers, and updates to the schedule.

  • Prof. Tom Anderson, UW, "High Performance RPC Packet Processing with FlexNIC"
  • Doug Burger, Microsoft , “Running Hardware Microservices on Configurable Clouds”
  • Prof. Luis Ceze, UW, "A DNA-based Archival Storage System"
  • Derek Chickles, Cavium, “Intelligent NICS for the Data Center”
  • Kim Hazelwood, Facebook, “Scalable Performance in Facebook Data Centers”
  • Prof. Arvind Krishnamurthy, UW, "What Can We Do with Programmable Switches?"
  • Pankaj Mehra, Sandisk, “Evolutionary Changes, Revolutionary Implications: Persistent Memory in the Data Center”
  • Prof. Dan Ports, UW, "Rethinking Distributed Systems for the Datacenter"
  • Prof. Franziska Roesner, UW, "Security and Privacy for Augmented Reality Platforms"
  • Gabriel Southern, Intel, “FPGAs in the Data Center"
  • Prof. Michael Taylor, UW, "Specializing the Planet's Computation: ASIC Clouds"
  • Kees Vissers, Xilinx, "A Framework for Reduced Precision Neural Networks on FPGAs"

What to Expect at the 2017 UW Cloud Workshop

Students can expect (1) a rich technical program of speakers and panelists from academia and industry, including fellow students, (2) multiple opportunities to network with technical managers and engineers from companies that provide solutions for all aspects of the cloud, (3) the prospect to present your cloud related research project in a poster session and win Best Poster with $300 cash awards. For further glimpses of what you can expect on March 31st, please see the summaries of recent Workshops at Stanford, CMU, Cornell, Berkeley, and MIT.

Poster Session: The student poster session is for both undergraduate and graduate students to describe their cloud related research projects and findings. Students may submit an abstract and compete for the $300 cash awards for Best Undergraduate and Best Graduate Poster. Awards will be presented for Best Posters during the Reception in the late afternoon after the general sessions (see photos of the winners at the recent Workshops at Stanford, CMU, Cornell, Berkeley, and MIT. Please indicate your interest to submit a poster abstract on your Workshop registration application (see the "Register Here" button below).


Professor Ken Birman, the N. Rama Rao Professor of Computer Science, Cornell, “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.”  

Professor David Patterson, the Pardee Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley, “I saw strong participation at the Cloud Workshop, with some high energy and enthusiasm; and I was delighted to see industry engineers bring and describe actual hardware, representing some of the newest innovations in the data center.”

Professor Christos Kozyrakis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Stanford University, “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.”

Chinmay Deshpande, CMU Grad Student, “I connected with people working on research allied to my own interests, who I would probably not have met otherwise! The talks had both depth and breadth, and it was great to see a snapshot of the research of other students at CMU.” 

Eric Love, UC Berkeley, Best Graduate Poster Award Winner, Thanks for putting on such an interesting workshop. It was great to see such a high concentration of impactful work presented in such a friendly forum, and to be able to get feedback from industry.”

Shiva Rajagopal, Cornell Grad Student, “The Cloud Workshop was fantastic! It introduced me to the diversity of cloud computing and its associated technologies. I learned so much from such a short day, it was incredible.”

Ana Klimovic, Stanford Grad Student, “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.”

Dr. Pankaj Mehra, SanDisk/Western Digital Senior Fellow, "Terrific job organizing the Workshop that gave all parties -- students, faculty, industry -- something worthwhile to take back."

Bob Brennan, Senior Vice President at Samsung, “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.”

Dr. Hui Huang, Google, “This workshop is a great place to learn cutting edge technologies, and to develop new industry & academia connections. I had a great time attending this one-day event, especially the poster session - it's really nice talking with young researchers and students from the university. Thanks for organizing this!”


Workshop Organizers include Professor Arvind Krishnamurthy, Professor Luis Ceze, and Dr. Jim Ballingall, IAP Executive Director.

IAP membership and attendance at IAP Workshops is free for university professors, staff and students.  Industry attendees must be IAP members or invited by the IAP.  Please see Membership for further information.

Seating is limited; apply for registration at the button below.