Microsoft Research Cloud Computing Futures (CCF) is a research and development project whose goal is to design a future cloud infrastructure that is more efficient, more reliable, more flexible, and less expensive.
The CCF project starts with a key concept: treat the data center as an integrated system "a holistic entity" and optimize all aspects of hardware and software. Attend this webcast to learn how Microsoft Research is exploring hardware, architecture, system
software, and application designs and is testing those designs by building and evaluating large-scale prototypes.
Presenters: Dan Reed, Director, Scalable/Multicore Systems, Microsoft Corporation and Jim Larus, Director of Software Architecture, Microsoft Corporation
Dan Reed is the scalable and multicore computing strategist at Microsoft where he is responsible for re-envisioning the cloud computing infrastructure of the future and for multicore research strategy. Previously,
he was the Chancellor's Eminent Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Chancellor's Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill. Dan served
as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). In 2007, he chaired a review of the federal networking and IT research portfolio. He currently serves
as chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association.
He was previously head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has also been Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC
where he also led National Computational Science Alliance. He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the National Science Foundation (NSF) TeraGrid. He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University.
James Larus is the director of software architecture for the Cloud Computing Futures team at Microsoft Research. James has been an active contributor to the programming languages, compiler, and computer architecture
communities. He has published many papers and served on numerous program committees and National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Research Council (NRC) panels. James became an Association for Computing Machinery ACM Fellow in 2006.
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