The design of distributed systems is and will be altered by the computer architecture innovations enabled by Moore's Law. I will survey some of these issues and how they might affect the design of distributed systems. Topics will include ideas for merging of clusters and large shared-memory multiprocessors, the emerging InfiniBand system area network standard, the effect of simultaneous multithreading, and the potential for softening the memory wall through inter-processor speculation.
Mark D. Hill is Professor and Romnes Fellow in both the Computer Sciences Department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a B.S.E. from Michigan in 1981 and a Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1987, won an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award in 1989, and was named an IEEE Fellow in 2000. He is a Director of ACM SIGARCH, is co-inventor of 16 U.S. patents, has published more than 50 technical papers, and recently co-edited "Readings in Computer Architecture" for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. His work targets the memory systems of shared-memory multiprocessors and high-performance uniprocessors. He currently co-directs the Wisconsin Multifacet project with Prof. David Wood. See http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~markhill for more information.
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