Linley Data Center Conference 2015
Covers system design for data-center servers and networking
Held on February 25 - 26, 2015

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Agenda for Day One: Wednesday February 25, 2015
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The Silicon Foundation of Cloud Data Centers
Bob Wheeler, Principal Analyst and Jag Bolaria, The Linley Group

In this keynote, The Linley Group analysts provide insights into the important trends driving silicon for servers and networking, including microservers, silicon photonics, processor architectures, and macroeconomic forces. We examine how these trends impact the chips sitting at the heart of data-center equipment. We also provide a high-level view of the chip-vendor landscape, which remains surprisingly dynamic.

10:00am-10:20amBREAK - Sponsored by Freescale
10:20am-11:50amSession 1: Network Fabrics

This session, moderated by Loring Wirbel, Senior Analyst at The Linley Group, will focus on high-performance network fabrics within the data center.

Accelerating Data Center Analytics with GPU and Low-Latency RapidIO Interconnect Clusters
Trevor Hiatt, Principal Product Manager, IDT

Public Cloud data centers are evolving with the need for more compute sensitive applications running centrally, many of which need large multiprocessor computing clusters to communicate in real time, requiring large amounts of bandwidth to deliver the needed analytics. This presentation will focus on the successful large scale clustering of GPU technology with RapidIO 100ns-latency switched interconnects and show solutions that can reach the petaflop scale in a single rack using 20Gbps links between nodes.

New Technologies Shaping the Future of 100G Data Center Optical Interconnects
Siddharth Sheth, Vice President of Marketing, High-speed Connectivity Products, Inphi

The rise of the cloud data center and cloud computing is driving a rapid pace of innovation in optical and networking interconnects. These data centers require a whole new network paradigm, needing exponentially more bandwidth while pushing the limits of power and cost per bit. This presentation explores how new technologies and higher order modulation schemes like PAM will drive future nx100G CMOS connectivity chips that will play a critical role in the deployment of 100G networks in these data centers.

Key Value Store and 25Gbps Connectivity for Cost Effective Networks
Michael J Miller, VP of Technology Innovation and System Applications, MoSys

The emergence of single lane 25G Ethernet replacing 10G links will provide the lowest cost and lowest power datacenter server connectivity and quickly drive adoption of 100G uplinks inside the data center. Network processing elements will be challenged to keep up with fundamental tasks like key value store functions, indexing tables, and counting bytes and packets. MoSys will present a comprehensive solution to these challenges, developed with an ecosystem partner, that supports aggregate data rates of 200G and beyond.

There will be Q&A and a panel discussion featuring above speakers.

1:00pm-2:30pmSession 2: Acceleration Technology

This session, moderated by Jag Bolaria, Principal Analyst at The Linley Group, will discuss how hardware acceleration can increase data-center performance and efficiency by offloading CPUs.

Data Center Acceleration using FPGAs: Opportunities and Direction
Mike Strickland, Director, Computer and Storage Systems, Altera now part of Intel

In 2014 Microsoft announced they will accelerate Bing search with FPGAs. In that same week Intel announced they plan to provide Xeon and FPGA dice in the same package to accelerate systems. There are increasing opportunities in the data center for FPGA algorithm, networking, and data access acceleration. A key enabler to FPGA usage in the data center is OpenCL, but advances in FPGA hardware architecture are also opening up new opportunities. This presentation will highlight the role and the impact of FPGAs in the data center.

FPGAs in Heterogeneous Data Centers
Michael Levental, Technical Manager, Data Center Acceleration, Xilinx

It's a heterogeneous world as workload-balanced architectures start to dominate computing and reach into data centers. FPGAs are in the mix, bringing flexibility and extreme compute efficiency for workloads not well-suited for standard processors. FPGAs, traditionally integrated as peripheral devices, are becoming increasingly closely coupled in the computing fabric and virtualized within a software-defined infrastructure. New tools aim FPGAs at the software-defined infrastructure, enabling higher efficiency in data centers using an optimum composition of compute elements.

Multicore-Based Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) for Securing IoT-to-Cloud Communications
Geoff Waters, Senior Principal Engineer – Security, Digital Networking, NXP

IoT clients will generate unprecedented numbers of transactions to the cloud, and for many of the transactions, strong mutual authentication (handshaking) and at a minimum, message integrity will be required. Cloud data center equipment will be challenged to handle the number of handshakes without cost effective public key acceleration. Some IoT devices are very resource constrained, and will be challenged to perform existing public key handshaking protocols. Can a new type of HSM bridge the gap?

There will be Q&A and a panel discussion featuring above speakers.

2:30pm-2:50pmBREAK - Sponsored by Freescale
2:50pm-4:00pmSession 3: Manycore Data-Plane Processors

This session moderated by Tom Halfhill, Senior Analyst at The Linley Group, focuses on the application of massively parallel processors to network data planes.

Accelerating the Data Plane with the Breakthrough TILE-Mx Manycore Processor
Bob Doud, Sr. Director of Marketing, Mellanox

EZchip will debut its next generation manycore processor, the TILE-Mx with advanced acceleration engines to deliver the world's highest performance dataplane processing. With integrated state-of-the-art networking interfaces and massive memory bandwidth, this 4th generation processor is designed to deliver wire-speed processing for complex workloads in virtualized environments, while offering the ease of a C/C++ programming environment on top of standard Linux.

Manycore Flexible Solution for Data-Center SmartNic
Eric Baissus, CEO, Kalray

Software Defined Networks (SDN) in the data center allow new usage models and optimization of networking resources but require new protocols that are not supported by traditional Network Interface Card ASICs: a programmable solution is needed to cope with those fast-changing requirements. Kalray's 256-core processor is a new fully-programmable processor for smartNIC solutions sustaining 80GbE full-duplex while letting users program any function or protocol needed in C/C++ with more than 3000 instructions per packet at line-rate (240Mpps).

There will be Q&A and a panel discussion featuring above speakers plus additional panelist Sujal Das, SVP, Strategy, Netronome.



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