The Industry-Academia Partnership Announces Stanford Workshop to Address the Future Technology Demands of the Data Center and Cloud

Technical Presentations by Multiple Academia and Industry Leaders to Run in Parallel with Career Fair on December 6 at the Computer History Museum

Los Gatos, California – December 2, 2013
The Industry-Academia Partnership (IAP) announced the 2013 Stanford Workshop at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California with the theme "Meeting the Future Needs of the Data Center and Cloud". The IAP is a new association formed to address the revolutionary changes required for the underlying hardware and software as multi-core compute, storage and networking converge for the future data center and cloud.

Workshop Organizers include Professor Christos Kozyrakis of Stanford University, Paul Rad of Rackspace, and Dr. Jim Ballingall, IAP Executive Director.

Speakers from industry and academia will describe their research and development efforts underway to meet the future needs of the data center and cloud. Speakers from industry include Brocade, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, OpenStack, Rackspace, Samsung, Sandisk, and Ubuntu.

In addition to Stanford, multiple universities are participating, including Carnegie Mellon, Santa Clara University, SFSU, SJSU, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and USF.  Students are drawn to IAP Workshops for the high caliber and breadth of the technical speakers and panels, as well as the Career Fair that runs in parallel, offering opportunities to land internships and full-time professional jobs in the cloud arena.

Keynotes will be delivered by:

  • Professor Christos Kozyrakis, Stanford, “Resource Efficient Cloud Computing”
  • Professor Onur Mutlu, Carnegie Mellon, "Rethinking Memory System Design for Data-Intensive Computing"
  • Mukhtiar Shaikh, Brocade, “Network Function Virtualization: The Architectural Framework for Workload Agility and Deployment Use Cases”

In addition to the presentations on hardware and software technologies, there will be a panel discussion on Cloud resource management strategies and solutions “The Future of Data Center Resource Management: Virtual Machines vs. Containers vs. Bare-metal”.

A student poster session and award ceremony for best posters is scheduled for both undergraduate and graduate students to describe their cloud related research projects and findings.

Professor Kozyrakis commented, “The cloud is undergoing huge changes in terms of business models and the supporting architectures and technologies, in both hardware and software. The Stanford-IAP Workshop will provide a forum for researchers from industry and academia to exchange ideas and to spur collaborative work across the entire solution stack."

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.  For further information, see


About the Industry-Academia Partnership: The IAP is an association of university professors, students and industry with the goal being to catalyze new product innovations by bringing together industry and university partners in pursuit of some common data center goals in education, research and product development. The IAP Board of Advisors includes Professor David Brooks of Harvard University, Professor Christos Kozyrakis of Stanford University, Professor José Martínez of Cornell University, Professor Onur Mutlu of Carnegie Mellon University, and Professor Daniel Sanchez of MIT. Dr. Jim Ballingall of Ballingall Consulting is the Executive Director. The IAP conducts workshops periodically on university campuses.  For further information, visit the IAP website at and contact the IAP at