The Contribution of MultiCore to Server Architecture. - A two parts joint presentation from Martin McKendry (Open Parallel) and Stephan Friedl (Cisco). Over two days.
I Multicore World - 27-28 March 2012, Wellington, New Zealand
Part 1: How We Got to Here
The current generation of multicore, multiprocessor servers provide remarkable compute densities. Blade or 2U servers packing 32 cores and half a terabyte of memory are readily available. As servers continue to increase core and memory densities, an emerging problem in the Data Center is keeping these platforms busy. This presentation will focus on the evolution of hardware architecture over the last 5 years, examining how networking, storage, and processor advances led to advances in virtualization and set the scene for big data.
Stephan Friedl - Systems Architect. Cisco, United States
I have been developing and designing for multiprocessor/multicore systems for nearly 20 years. I started thread-reentrant programming on DEC Alpha boxes while developing the global scheduling and distribution planner for British Oxygen Corporation (BOC gases). Through the years I have worked at large multinational technology corporations, small VC funded startups and done independent consulting. I currently work as a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems and help design dense Virtual Desktop architectures for deployment on Cisco's line of multi-core server blades.
In my spare time I exhaust myself trying to keep up with my wife and three children. If I'm still able to think at the end of the day I continue to write code in a probably hopeless attempt to retain my developer cred. My family lives outside Boulder Colorado, and we are avid skiers in the winter and enjoy camping, astronomy and biking during the summers.