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Dr. Casimer DeCusatis (from IBM), "From Watson to Wall Street: Changing the Game for Data Center Networks"

Date: 02/23/12
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Jorge Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalj@engr.newpaltz.edu

In recent years there have been many fundamental and profound changes in the architecture of modern computer data centers, which affect nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The accelerating pace of innovation in this area has led to many new proposals for dynamically reconfigurable, next generation cloud computing networks. For example, federated data centers are emerging that treat computational resources as fully fungible pools of resources interconnected by an intelligent network fabric an order of magnitude larger than prior generations of technology. We will review key developments in this area, including converged and flattened networks, virtualization, scalability, latency, energy efficiency, and security. These approaches will be illustrated by examples including ultra-low latency electronic stock trading and high performance systems such as the IBM Watson supercomputer.