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Rick Hetherington
Vice President Hardware Development Systems Oracle Corporation


Commercial Computing Trends and Their Impact on Interconnect Technology


The trends in commercial computing in terms of the Cloud as well as on-premise server demands have had a profound impact on inter as well as intra-system interconnect. This short talk will expose some of these trends and offer suggestions as to the energy behind them. From the point of view of a processor architect, this talk will focus on the commercial computing genre and hopefully stimulate conversation about how evolving interconnect definitions can keep pace.


Rick Hetherington is Vice President in the Microelectronics Division of Oracle. He is responsible for Sparc Architecture and Performance. In this role, he manages a team of architects and performance analysts to develop processors and systems primarily focussed on commercial applications. Rick also has a team of field performance analysts positioned in all geos to service the needs of Sparc customers.

Rick Hetherington was the Chief Technology Officer for Sun's Microelectronics business unit where he set the technical direction for Sun's SPARC processor development and related technologies. Hetherington is driving Sun's leadership in the chip multithreading (CMT) approach to processor design, in which multiple cores and multiple threads combine to generate extraordinary throughput and power efficiency.

Prior to his appointment as CTO, Hetherington provided oversight for the architecture, performance and roadmap of UltraSPARC T1(TM) processors and systems as chief architect for Sun's Horizontal Systems group. From 2000 to 2002, Hetherington took a hiatus from Sun to join a networking start-up as VP of engineering.

Hetherington originally joined Sun in 1996 as co-architect of Sun's Project Millennium processor. Prior to Sun, he spent 16 years with Digital Equipment Corp., working on a variety of VAX and Alpha processors and systems. His last position at Digital was system architect of EV6 (21264) processor. Hetherington earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and currently holds 70 patents.



David Meyer


Recent Advances in Machine Learning and their Application to Networking


The recent progress of Machine Learning and Deep Learning in particular has been nothing short of spectacular. Machine learning applications now span wide variety of application spaces including perceptural tasks such as image search, object and scene recognition and captioning, voice and natural language recognition and generation, self-driving cars and automated assistants such as Siri, as well as various engineering, financial, medical and scientific applications.

More generally, cutting-edge startups, established technology companies and universities are increasingly finding new, novel, and exciting ways to apply powerful machine learning tools such as neural networks to new and existing problems in many different industries.

The network domain, however, has been virtually untouched by all of this activity. This talk will outline recent advanced in Machine Learning with an eye towards network applications. In addition, we outlines a few "Machine Learning for DevOps" applications which are focused on next generation network automation.


David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. His current focus is the use machine learning (and in particular deep learning) for networking applications. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. Most recently he served as the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project (he is currently the Chair of the OpenDaylight Board of Directors). He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org), RIPE, and APRICOT program committees (and served as NANOG program committee chair from 2008-2011). Mr. Meyer is also a frequent speaker at major industry and academic conferences.

Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon where he is also a Senior Research Scientist in the department of Computer Science.. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see www.routeviews.org).

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

See CV for more information.



IEEE Micro: January 6


Materials due: August 7


Early Registration: Aug. 14