Text Box: Department of Computer Science at Cornell University
Text Box: Text Box: The Salton




Text Box: Yogi Berra famously noted, “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” Without doubt, though, scientific discovery, business practice and social interactions are moving rapidly from a world of homogeneous and local systems to a world of multicore processors, distributed sensors and software, virtual organizations and cloud computing infrastructure.  In science, a tsunami of new experimental and computational data poses vexing problems in data analysis, transport, visualization and collaboration. In society and business, software as a service and cloud computing are empowering distributed groups. 

Let’s step back and think about the longer term future. Where is the technology going and what are the research implications?  What architectures are appropriate for 100-way or 1000-way multicore designs?  What are the design challenges for mega data centers? How do we develop and support software?  What is the ecosystem of components in which they will operate? How do we optimize performance, power and reliability?  What do all of these things mean for fundamental computing research and how to we balance research risk and reward?
Text Box:                The      
                Lecture Series           
Text Box: Thursday
November 13, 2008
Text Box: 4:15 pm
B17 Upson Hall
Reception - 4th Floor Atrium at 3:45pm

Dan Reed

Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist


Daniel A. Reed is Microsoft’s Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist, responsible for re-envisioning the data center of the future and coordinating academic multicore research.  Previously, he was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill.  Dr. Reed is a member of President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and a former member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC).  He recently chaired a review of the federal networking and IT research portfolio, and he is chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association.


He was previously Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has also been Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC, where he also led National Computational Science Alliance. He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid.  He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University.

Text Box: ManyCore, Clouds, Research 
and the Future

Gerard Salton (1927- 1995) A towering figure in the field of information retrieval, Gerard Salton synthesized ideas from mathematics, statistics, and natural language processing to create a scientific basis for extracting semantics from word frequency. The impact of his contributions is profound - five textbooks, over 150 research papers, and dozens of Ph.D. students. The modern computer science and information science research scene, with its terabyte databases, Web, and related technologies, owes a great deal to Gerry's pioneering efforts.


This lecture series honors our former colleague with speakers who similarly are innovators in their fields.