Google welcomes you to an exciting discussion between industry and academia on system/hardware design at scale.
Computing is on the brink of a new immersive era. Recent innovations in virtual/augmented/mixed reality, collectively referred to as extended reality or XR, show the potential for a new immersive modality of computing that will transform most human activities and change how we design, program, and use computers. There is, however, an orders of magnitude gap between the power/performance/quality-of-experience (QoE) attributes of current and desirable immersive systems. Bridging this gap requires an ambitious systems research agenda that is application-driven, end-to-end QoE driven, and based on hardware-software-application co-design. To enable this agenda, my group has built ILLIXR (Illinois eXtended Reality testbed) –- the first open source XR system and testbed for end-to-end immersive systems research. I will describe ILLIXR, the research it is enabling, and the vast research that remains. I will also discuss the industry supported ILLIXR consortium, where our goal is to democratize XR systems research, development, and benchmarking.
Sarita Adve is the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests span the system stack, ranging from hardware to applications. Her work on the data-race-free, Java, and C++ memory consistency models forms the foundation for memory models used in most hardware and software systems today. She chairs the ILLIXR consortium to democratize XR systems research, development, and benchmarking. She is also known for her work on heterogeneous systems and software-driven approaches for hardware resiliency. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and received the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy award. As ACM SIGARCH chair, she co-founded the CARES movement, winner of the CRA distinguished service award, to address discrimination and harassment in Computer Science research events. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Silent data corruption in modern computing devices has emerged as a growing challenge. The scope of Silent Data Corruptions is not 1 in a million as previously thought. Studies at scale have demonstrated this to be far more pervasive (~1 in 1000 range). This order of magnitude difference raises the urgency with which this challenge needs to be addressed. We anticipate that a holistic solution will require fundamental changes in how we architect computing devices, the telemetry we put in for DFT, the reliability architecture, the screening and verification methods, the software resilience we need to build in our OS, Compilers, distributed infrastructure and into our applications. This is a call to action for the entire computing community to actively engage to address this technical challenge holistically.
Sriram Sankar (Meta), Rama Govindaraju (Google), Caroline Trippel (Stanford), Ronak Singhal (Intel), Sudhanva Gurumurthi (AMD), Shawn Blanton (CMU)
Quantum computer hardware is developing rapidly and reaching a complexity that challenges traditional computing. The present hardware is still limited by noisy operations and there is significant systems-level work to get the most out of these devices. I will describe the promise of using quantum error correction to make reliable devices from faulty components and review recent experimental advances in this area. I will then consider the hardware and control challenges of future quantum devices that employ quantum error correction on the scale of hundreds of logical qubits.
Kenneth Brown is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry at Duke University. He is the Director of the NSF Software-Tailored Architectures for Quantum codesign (STAQ) project. He currently represents the Division of Quantum Information on the American Physical Society Council. He is on the Editorial Board of PRX Quantum and IEEE BITS. His primary research interests are quantum control, quantum error correction, and ion-trap quantum systems.
There is an increasingly widespread perception of a breakdown of trust in both our on-line and off-line worlds. Decreased trust is a problem, as high-trust societies are more prosperous and have higher levels of wellbeing. As the distinction between our on-line and off-line existence are blurred, technological choices increasingly impact the social and economic fabric, and thus impact the level of trust in a society. This talk will try to make sense of some of the trends around us, make observations about unintended consequences of business models, the blockchain and DeFi ecosystems, and lay out the blueprint of an architecture that has the potential to create a virtuous cycle of trust-generation.
Kris Flautner is responsible for product strategy in Cisco's Emerging Technology & Incubation Group after having been CEO of Banzai Cloud, a startup, acquired by Cisco, that turned Cloud Native dreams into enterprise reality through cloud software. Previous to that he was general manager of the Internet of Things business unit and VP of research and development at ARM. He received a PhD in computer science and engineering, along with a number of other degrees, from the University of Michigan. Flautner co-authored over 80 publications and received various best paper awards, and the 2017 ISCA influential paper award for groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing along with the 2021 MICRO Test of Time award.