17th INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON MPSoC
for software-defined hardware
For further information, please send email to Frédéric Pétrot
Senior Fellow and VP of Western Digital Corporation, USA
Data-Centric Computer Architecture
In this talk, we will take a look at the world of infrastructure (bits, cores, and fabrics) through the lens of data. The talk begins with a survey of data sources, data varieties, and their growth trends. We get deeper into the lifecycle of data in order to understand the processes by which data is turned into insightful information.
The final part of the talk takes a data-centric view of the world and derives a memory-centric computer architecture, in which the primacy of data is reflected in the engineering of infrastructure. We will see that bits, cores and fabrics line up very differently in a memory-centric architecture than in traditional architectures, and even basic operating systems concepts such as virtual memory have a new design.
The talk concludes with an overview of prototypes in development at WD, which preview our roadmap to data-centricity.
Pankaj has over 20 years of technical experience in developing and architecting scalable, intelligent information systems and services. At Western Digital, he is VP and Senior Fellow working closely with our customers to build accelerated solutions for data centers and applications, and is continuing to shape and evangelize memory and storage technologies.
Prior to joining Western Digital and SanDisk through acquisitions, Pankaj was SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Fusion-io, where he was named a top 50 CTO by ExecRank. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Tandem, and held academic and visiting positions at IBM, IIT Delhi, and UC Santa Cruz. He founded HP Labs Russia (2006), Whodini, Inc. (2010), and IntelliFabric, Inc. (2001), and was a contributing author to InfiniBand 1.0. He has held TPC-C and Terabyte Sort performance records, and his work has been recognized in awards from NASA and Sandia National Labs, among others. Pankaj was appointed Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard in 2004.
Pankaj received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign