Distinguished Lecture by Frans Kaashoek, ‘The Multicore Evolution and Operating Systems’

11am, 9th January 2013

Prof Frans Kaashoek will give the following Distinguished Lecture at UCL on January 9th.

The Multicore Evolution and Operating Systems

Multicore chips with hundreds of cores will likely be available soon. Although many applications have significant inherent parallelism (e.g., mail servers), their scalability on many cores can be limited by the underlying operating system. We have built or modified several kernels (Corey, Linux, and xv6) to explore OS designs that scale with increasing number of cores. This talk will summarize our experiences by exploring questions such as what is the impact of kernel scalability on application scalability, is a revolution in kernel design necessary to achieve kernel scalability, and what limits kernel scalability.

Joint work with: S. Boyd-Wickizer, A. Clements, Y. Mao, A. Pesterev, R. Morris, and N. Zeldovich.

Frans Kaashoek is the Charles Piper Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory since January 1993. Before joining MIT, he was a student at the department of Computer Science (afdeling Informatica) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He received a Ph.D. degree (’92) from the Vrije Universiteit for his thesis Group Communication in Distributed Computer Systems, under the guidance of Andy Tanenbaum. Frans’s research interest is computer systems: operating systems, networking, programming languages, compilers, and computer architecture for distributed, mobile, and parallel systems. In 1998 Frans co-founded Sightpath, Inc., which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000. He also helped found Mazu Networks, Inc., and served on its board until Riverbed Technology, Inc. acquired Mazu in 2009. Frans’s honors include the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award (2001), ACM Fellow (2004), Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2006), and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012).

Time: 11am, 9th Jan

Location: MPEB 1.03 Lecture Theatre, UCL ( directions and map)

This event is open to all and no reservations are required.