Keynote Speakers


Zhiwei Xu

  • Zhiwei Xu is a professor and CTO of the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His prior industrial experience included chief engineer of Dawning Corp., a leading high-performance computer vendor in China. He currently leads "Cloud-Sea Computing Systems", a 10-year research project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that aims at developing billion-thread computers with elastic processors. Zhiwei Xu holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California.

  • Title:   Cloud-Sea Computing for the ZB Era

  • Abstract: By 2020, the world will need to utilize zettabtypes of data. In 2012, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) launched a 10-year strategic research initiative called NICT (new generation ICT) to face this big data challenge. This talk presents the objectives and research thrusts of the NICT cloud-sea computing research project, including the REST 2.0 cloud-sea computing framework, ultra parallel server and storage (UPSS) and 1000 GOPS/W function instruction set (FISC) elastic processor architecture.

  • Bradley McCredie

    Peter Hofstee

    Bradley McCredie, Vice President and IBM Fellow, Systems and Technology Group CTO Brad received his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois in '85, '87 and '91 respectively. His primary interests were electromagnetic modeling and simulation. Brad joined IBM East Fishlkill in September of 1991 and continued his work on electromagnetic design and electronic packaging for IBM's mainframe systems. In '96 he moved to IBM Austin and began working on POWER systems. In Austin, Brad designed the packaging and cache subsystem for the POWER3 processor. Brad then became one of the lead Architects of IBM's POWER4 systems and chip. Brad went on to become the POWER4 system chief engineer and delivered that system in 2001. After delivering the POWER4 systems, Brad led the design and delivery of the POWER6 processor for IBM. After delivering POWER6 chip designs, Brad focused on POWER7 systems. His responsibilities included delivery of all system components including hardware and software elements. In 2004 Brad was appointed to the position of IBM Fellow. In 2009 Brad was appointed to the position of IBM Vice President and Fellow and leading POWER processor and chipset development. In 2012 Brad was appointed to the position of CTO for STG.

    Dr. Peter Hofstee currently works at the IBM Austin Research Laboratory on workload-optimized and hybrid systems. Peter has degrees in theoretical physics (MS, Rijks Universiteit Groningen, Netherlands) and computer science (PhD, California Inst. of Technology). At IBM Peter has worked on microprocessors, including the first CMOS processor to demonstrate GHz operation (1997), and he was the chief architect of the synergistic processor elements in the Cell Broadband Engine, known from its use in the Sony Playstation 3 and the Roadrunner supercomputer that first broke the 1 Petaflop Linpack benchmark. His interests include VLSI, multicore and heterogeneous microprocessor architecture, security, system design and programming. Peter has over 100 patents issued or pending.

  • Title of their talk:    Evolution of the server landscape & Recent developments in POWER processors and systems.

  • Abstract: This keynote will provide a perspective on the changing IT infrastructure in response to new levels of global interconnectedness, an unprecedented growth in availability of data and new capabilities to extract value and benefit from all that data. We discuss how this rapidly changing infrastructure puts new demands on the processors and systems we develop, and how it affects how we develop these processors and systems. Specifically, we will discuss how the recently disclosed Power8 processor and the recently announced OpenPOWER consortium respond to these new challenges and opportunities.