Microsoft's Production Configurable Cloud

Speaker: Derek Chiou

Date: Friday, November 04, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 1:00 PM

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Location: 32-141

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Host: Department of Mathematics

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Microsoft's Production Configurable Cloud

Microsoft has been building data centers with a programmable hardware
in every server, creating a novel Configurable Cloud. The
reconfigurable hardware, in the form of a field programmable gate
array (FPGA) is cabled between the NIC and the data center network, as
well as being attached to the CPUs via PCIe. This architecture
enables an FPGA-centric, rather than CPU-centric, computational model
since all communication in and out of the server is first processed by
the FPGA that handles common tasks without CPU involvement and passes
uncommon, complex tasks to the CPU that acts as a "complexity" offload
engine. Microsoft has deployed a diverse set of applications,
including deep neural networks and software defined networking
acceleration, across its Configurable Cloud. I will describe the
Cloud, some of its applications, and their performance.


Derek Chiou is a Partner Architect at Microsoft where he leads the
Azure Cloud Silicon team responsible for FPGAs and ASICs in
Microsoft's data centers and an adjunct professor in the Electrical
and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas at
Austin. Before Microsoft/UT, Dr. Chiou was a system
architect and lead the performance modeling team at Avici Systems, a
manufacturer of terabit core routers.

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