This conference has a fairly broad scope, with activity in many of the currently hot areas of computing:
- Cloud Computing
- Storage systems
- and more.
Among the talks that immediately jumped out at me as intriguing were these:
- vIC: Interrupt Coalescing for Virtual Machine Storage Device IO, Irfan Ahmad, Ajay Gulati, and Ali Mashtizadeh, VMware, Inc.
- Taming the Flying Cable Monster: A Topology Design and Optimization Framework for Data-Center Networks, Jayaram Mudigonda, Praveen Yalagandula, and Jeffrey C. Mogul, HP Labs. I love the premise of this work:
Imagine that you have been given the task to design a shipping-container cluster containing 1000 server-class computers. The container provides the necessary power and cooling, you have already chosen the servers, and now you must choose a network to connect the servers within the pod.
- The Design and Evolution of Live Storage Migration in VMware ESX, Ali Mashtizadeh, Emré Celebi, Tal Garfinkel, and Min Cai, VMware, Inc. -- my co-worker Dave Ackerman was really impressed by this work by the VMWare team.
- Building a High-performance Deduplication System, Fanglu Guo and Petros Efstathopoulos, Symantec Research Labs
- Semantics of Caching with SPOCA: A Stateless, Proportional, Optimally-Consistent Addressing Algorithm, Ashish Chawla, Benjamin Reed, Karl Juhnke, and Ghousuddin Syed, Yahoo! Inc.
- TidyFS: A Simple and Small Distributed File System, Dennis Fetterly, Maya Haridasan, and Michael Isard, Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley; Swaminathan Sundararaman, University of Wisconsin, Madison
This is just a sampling of what was discussed at the conference. It looks like there was a whole section of the conference devoted to advanced techniques for capturing and replaying system activity under the control of debuggers; another intriguing section had to do with improved scheduling techniques for things like multicore systems, non-uniform memory systems, and GPU-rich systems.
It looks like it was a very interesting conference, and I'm looking forward to digging into it in more detail.