Seminar with Dr. Xiaodong Zhang "The Evolution of Computer Hardware and Software for Data-centric Computing"

As Moore's Law ended, and Dennard Scaling reached its physical limitations, we have entered a new computing era that is marked by the coexistence of various parallel and highly specialized hardware accelerators with general-purpose processors. Over many years of development, the CPU-centric ecosystem has evolved into a one-size-fits-all environment, accommodating a diverse range of applications. However, the efficiency in performance, computing power and energy consumption has been continuously declining, making the general-purpose computing ecosystem unsustainable for the growing demands of data-centric computing.

In this presentation, I will explore the constraints and obstacles inherent in our current computing ecosystem, driven by Moore's Law. I will also provide case studies to support the evolution of computer hardware and software for high-performance data processing, featuring advanced hardware components such as GPUs, RDMA, and other relevant technologies. All associated algorithms and software implementations are open source, with some having been integrated into production systems.

About the speaker:

Xiaodong Zhang is a University Distinguished Scholar and the Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering at the Ohio State University. His research interests focus on data management in computer and distributed systems. Driven by a commitment to translate his academic research solutions into cutting-edge technology, he has made continuous efforts in advancing the design and implementation of several major production systems. He was recognized by the 2020 ACM Microarchitecture Test of Time Award for his contributions on memory architecture design. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was honored with a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2011. He received the Education Leadership Award from the Lutron Foundation for chairing the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State from 2006 to 2018. He is a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Friday, April 5 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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