Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions at DSN 2009
Birds of a Feather sessions
provide a gathering place and discussion forum for those interested in the same
issues and concepts. BoFs can be organized for sharing ideas on the specific
topics, narrow or broad.
They are not workshops or sessions
where people present papers, but open, "brainstorming" forums for
attendees who want to get together with others to share their current
interests, goals, technology, environment, or backgrounds.
BoFs are popular because of their
interactive and flexible format and the fact that they offer attendees and
technology experts an opportunity to interact at a peer level.
Alan Wood, Sun Microsystems, USA
power consumption has become a very important topic in the design of
components, computers, and data centers. Industry analysts predict that, within
the next few years, the cost of power will surpass the cost of computational
equipment in the data center. Dependability research has not traditionally
considered the cost or availability of power to implement the proposed
techniques. If redundant equipment was needed for fault-tolerance, it was
blithely assumed that the power and other facilities overhead was negligible.
That assumption is no longer valid, and dependability research and practice
needs to change accordingly.
In this session
participants will discuss issues like: What low power-overhead dependability
techniques are available? What additional reliability concerns will be created
from energy-efficient computing? What can we learn from the laptop and embedded
market? What are the dependability concerns with the increasing use of
SSD/flash memory in the storage hierarchy, and can they be used to store
checkpoints or otherwise improve dependability? Are massive data centers (cloud
computing) a massive dependability concern?
Multicore Virtualization for Flexible and Reliable Networks
Varun Sethi, Freescale Semiconductor,
communications infrastructure is characterized by a backbone supporting the
delivery of highly complex composite services (components like voice video and data)
from multiple internet service providers. Such an environment creates
challenges for the network operator, who is expected to meet the Quality of
Service and Availability requirements.
In this session,
participants will discuss issues like: How can multicore virtualization aid in meeting
the requirements for the next generation communication networks? How can
multicore virtualization help in attaining a flexible networking infrastructure,
such that it can support dynamic QoS requirements (based on the network service)?
How can ISPs leverage the multicore virtualization” advantage to have a
flexible infrastructure catering to various customer requirements. How can
multicore virtualization aid in meeting high availability requirements for
complex composite network services like voice and video?