The agenda for the seminar this week is listed below:

Title: Stardust: Divide and Conquer in the Data Center Network

Building scalable data centres, and network devices that fit within these data centres, becomes increasingly hard. With modern switches pushing at the boundary of manufacturing feasibility, being able to build simple, and scalable network fabrics is of utmost importance in data centres. We introduce Stardust, a scalable fabric architecture for data centre networks, inspired by network-switch system and scaled up to data centre scale. Stardust combines packet switches at the edge and disaggregated cell switches at the network fabric, using scheduled traffic. Stardust is a scalable, distributed solution, attending to the limitations of network-switch design, while offering improved performance and power savings compared with traditional solutions. With networking requirements ever increasing, Stardust predicts the elimination of packet switches, replaced by cell switches in the network, and smart network interface cards at the edges.

Bio: Noa Zilberman is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Before joining Cambridge, she was a Senior Principal Chip Architect at Broadcom’s Network Switching group. Her research interests range from computer architecture and networking to data science, with a specific interest in the combination of multiple disciplines (and a touch of measurements). Current research buzzwords include sustainable computing, data systems, rackscale and in-network computing, and performance measurements.

Venue: Eng: 3.71 (Engineering Building)

Time and Date: 2 to 3 PM, Monday, 11th February 2019.

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Seminar by Noa Zilberman