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Specialized Computing in the Cloud

Speaker  Martha Kim, Thomas Wenisch, and Adrian Caulfield

Affiliation  Columbia University, University of Michigan, Microsoft Research

Host  Eric Chung

Duration  01:24:27

Date recorded  15 July 2014

The slowing and eventual ending of Moore’s Law will dramatically impact datacenter operators, who have long depended on steady advances in server performance and efficiency to make improved services economically viable. Specialization in the form of hardware accelerators (e.g., FPGAs, GPGPUs, and ASICs) can overcome performance and energy limitations but introduce challenging problems at scale, such as cost, flexibility, programmability, and the need to gracefully integrate with existing software stacks. This session will invite experts within Microsoft Research and the external research community to discuss challenges and opportunities for specialization in the cloud.

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