The Transformation of the Datacenter: How to Solve the Exascale Problem with This One Weird Trick Discovered by a Housewife in Cambridge

 

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesKurt Keville

Kurt Keville, SDM ’09
Research Specialist, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Date: June 11, 2012

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About the Presentation

This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview on the primary issues facing the modern datacenter in the drive to become higher performing and less costly, and methods to address those issues. This presentation will examine the immediate and long-term goals of the primary stakeholders in the supercomputing community, including government, academia, and industry, all three of which have an increasing footprint in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) business.

Subsequent to a discussion of the variables available to supercomputer and datacenter system designers will be an overview of the state-of-the-art, and how industry, primarily through the work of Facebook and Google, has transformed the datacenter archetype.

About the Speaker

Kurt Keville, SDM ’09, maintains the HPC at the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies and constructs purpose-built clusters for the applications and codes that are utilized by the researchers there. He is an embedded HPC developer and designer and is conversant in the issues that pertain to optimization of embedded systems. Keville holds a SM degree (SDM) from the Engineering System Division at MIT and a BS from West Point.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.