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HP Labs at HP Discover 2014 – Kimberly Keeton to discuss reinventing the architecture of computing

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Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology writer

  

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Kim.jpgWe’re swiftly moving to a world where 30 billion devices will be connected to the internet. And as a result, argues HP Labs researcher Kimberly Keeton, “we’re going to need an entirely new kind of infrastructure to collect, process, store, and analyze all the data that these devices will be offering us.”

 

In a talk on June 11th at HP Discover 2014 in Las Vegas, Keeton will outline how researchers at HP Labs are starting to build out this new large-scale, high-performance infrastructure.

 

“I’ll be sharing some of the technologies that we’re working on right now,” says Keeton, who specializes in the design, implementation, and analysis of data-intensive computing systems in HP’s Systems Research Lab. “By developing low energy systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), for example, we’re aiming to put together a new, low-energy architecture in the rack-scale computing space. Then there are trends in universal memory that are changing the way that we’re thinking about writing system software and applications – offering a tremendous opportunity to get better performance through rethinking computer architecture.”

 

In addition, Keeton will discuss new optical interconnects being developed at HP Labs that bring fiber optic technology onto the chip, and that promise to substantially reduce the energy required to run a high-bandwidth system.

 

Keeton will open her talk by looking at the challenges and opportunities that are helping drive this new computing paradigm. “We’re moving towards a cyber-physical world, where the Internet connects things, not just people. These devices generate a staggering amount of data,” she explains. “For example, the sensors in an airplane engine today create 20 terabytes of information per hour. If we could record the data from every hour of every flight of every plane in an entire fleet of aircrafts onto low-power, high capacity devices, analyze that data in real time, and share summaries of the analysis, we’d allow planes to more easily share information that would improve their journey, like allowing them to avoid bad weather. Similarly, by sharing the full data set  when each plane lands, we’d allow engine makers and airlines to quickly learn how to run their operations more efficiently and with even greater reliability than they achieve today.”

 

A Principal Researcher based in Palo Alto, Kimberly Keeton is an architect of HP StoreAll’s Express Query database, has led HP Labs research on the optimization of storage dependability and performance, and is an expert in the areas of intelligent storage, evaluating eventual consistency, and commercial workload characterization. Keeton received her B.S. in computer engineering/engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Discover attendees can hear Kimberly Keeton speak on Wednesday, June 11th, at 10:30 AM in the Discover Theater. 

 

Photo credits: Richard Lewington and Serge Vejvoda

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