Megacore Open Sourced!
David Wentzlaff, Princeton University
Abstract: Using megacore data centers should be as easy to use as multicore desktops. This talk explores the hardware changes needed to buck the trend of scale-out data centers and replace them with a megacore scale-up utopia. It will chronicle progress in different manycore design innovations and what innovations are needed to realize the scale-up megacore future. It will also introduce the OpenPiton (http://www.openpiton.org) platform, an open source manycore processor that enables megacore research across computer architecture, operating systems, security, compilers, and EDA research.
Bio: David Wentzlaff is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University in the Electrical Engineering Department. Before joining Princeton, he completed his PhD and MS at MIT and was Lead Architect and Founder of Tilera Corporation, a successful multicore chip manufacturer. Before Tilera, he was one of the architects of the Raw Processor at MIT and designed the Raw on-chip networks. David founded the MIT Factored Operating System (fos) project which focused on designing scalable operating systems for thousand core multicores and cloud computers. His work has been awarded the NSF CAREER award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Prize, and the Princeton E. Lawrence Keyes Faculty Advancement Award. David teaches the world's first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in Computer Architecture offered through Coursera. David's current research interests include how to create manycore microprocessors customized specifically for future data centers and Cloud computing environments and how to reduce the impact of computing on the environment by optimizing computer architecture for fully biodegradable substrates. He enjoys hiking and mountaineering when not designing multicore processors.