Data Science in the Era of Heterogeneity

Gustavo Alonso, Professor, Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich
Chaired by
Dr HE Bingsheng, Professor, School of Computing

04 Oct 2023 Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

SR21, COM3 02-60

Computing platforms are evolving rapidly along many dimensions: processors, specialization, disaggregation, acceleration, smart memory and storage, etc. Many of these developments are being driven by data science but also arise from the need to make cloud computing more efficient. From a practical perspective, the result we see today is a deluge of possible configurations and deployment options, most of them too new to have a precise idea of their performance implications and lacking proper support in the form of tools and platforms that can manage the underlying diversity. The growing heterogeneity is opening up many opportunities but also raising significant challenges. In the talk I will describe the trend towards specialization at all layers of the architecture, the possibilities it opens up, and demonstrate with real examples how to take advantage of heterogeneous computing platforms. I will also discuss opportunities for systems research in the context of data science both on the software as well as on the hardware side.

Short Bio:
Gustavo Alonso is a professor in the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich where he is a member of the Systems Group. His research interests include data management, distributed systems, cloud computing architecture, and hardware acceleration through reconfigurable computing. Gustavo has received 4 Test-of-Time Awards for his research in databases, software runtimes, middleware, and mobile computing. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Computer Science of UC Santa Barbara, and has received the Lifetime Achievements Award from the European Chapter of ACM SIGOPS (EuroSys).