On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10 am EST, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member Mark Hill will be delivering a Distinguished Lecture at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hill is the Gene M. Amdahl Professor of Computer Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Hill’s talk will have two parts. First, he will discuss possible directions for computer architecture research, including architecture as infrastructure, energy first, impact of new technologies, and cross-layer opportunities. This is based on a 2012 CCC whitepaper effort led by Hill. In the second part, Hill will discuss an example of the cross-layer research advocated in the first part. From the abstract:
Analysis shows that many “big-memory” server workloads, such as databases, in-memory caches, and graph analytics, pay a high cost for page-based virtual memory: up to 50% of execution time wasted. Via small changes to the operating system (Linux) and hardware (x86-64 MMU), this work reduces execution time these workloads waste to less than 0.5%. The key idea is to map part of a process’s linear virtual address space with a new incarnation of segmentation, while providing compatibility by mapping the rest of the virtual address space with paging.
The talk will be webcast live. Please register for the webinar here by 11:59 PM EST, December 17.