[PAST EVENT] Schmidt Family Distinguished Lecture Series: Josep Torrellas

September 19, 2022
12pm - 1pm
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 020
251 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Professor Josep Torrellas will be presenting his talk: Research Trends in Platforms for the Cloud


There is a lot of activity trying to identify what will future cloud platforms look like. A good way to think about it is to focus on the trends that we are seeing. Specifically, applications require more and more memory which, together with the arrival of non-volatile memory, is likely to stress out address translation. There is also the trend toward over-subscribed serverless environments, which add new hardware and software overheads. These trends call for new designs for cloud platforms. In this talk, I will outline some of the ideas that my group is developing.


Josep Torrellas is the Saburo Muroga Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is the Director of the Center for Programmable Extreme-Scale Computing and past Director of the Illinois-Intel Parallelism Center. His research interests are computer architectures for shared-memory multiprocessors and parallel computing. Some of his contributions include thread-level speculation (TLS) techniques, the Bulk Multiprocessor concept, and deterministic record and replay designs. In addition, he has contributed to several experimental multiprocessor designs such as IBM’s PERCS Multiprocessor, Intel' Runnemede Extreme-Scale Multiprocessor, Illinois Cedar, and Stanford DASH. Torrellas has mentored generations of computer architects. Of his 48 Ph.D. graduates, over a dozen are faculty at top US academic institutions, including Cornell, Gatech, Washington, Purdue, MIT and CMU. Torrellas received the IEEE CS Harry H. Goode Memorial Award, the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, and the IEEE CS Technical Achievement Award. Prior to being at UIUC, Torrellas received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

This talk is open to public and a part of the distinguished speaker series sponsored by the Schmidt Family.