RAMCloud and the Low-Latency Datacenter

John Ousterhout (Standford University)

Thursday, November 12, 2015
3:00pm, Ryerson 251


Datacenter computing has driven many of the innovations in computer systems
over the last decade. The first phase of datacenter computing focused on
scale (harnessing thousands of machines for a single application), but the
next phase will focus on latency (taking advantage of the close proximity
between machines). In this talk I will discuss why low latency matters in
datacenters and how it will be achieved over the next 5-10 years. I will
also introduce RAMCloud, a storage system that keeps all data in DRAM at
all times in order to provide 100-1000x faster access than existing storage
systems. Low-latency datacenters, combined with infrastructure such as
RAMCloud, will enable a new class of applications that manipulate large
datasets more intensively than has ever been possible.

John Ousterhout is the VMware Founders Professor of Computer Science at
Stanford University. His current research focuses on storage systems for
large-scale datacenter applications.  Ousterhout’s prior positions include
14 years in industry, where he founded two companies (Scriptics and
Electric Cloud), preceded by 14 years as Professor of Computer Science at
U.C. Berkeley.  He is the creator of the Tcl scripting language and is also
well known for his work in distributed operating systems and file systems.
Ousterhout received a BS degree in Physics from Yale University and a PhD
in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the
National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards, including
the ACM Software System Award, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the
National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the
U.C. Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

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