SAN JOSE, Calif. – Here's my short list of the somewhat more obscure sessions I hope to attend at DESIGN West. Sure there are the keynotes from the guy who helped land the car-sized Curiosity on Mars, and from the TV sitcom actress who is also a neural engineer, but I suspect everybody knows about these marquee events.
My list starts with a description of Google's homemade router. You would not know how significant this session is by reading its official title (“Vandervecken: An OpenFlow-controlled WAN router and MPLS LSR for research”).
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April 22-25 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Options range
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What you should know is Google is pushing the trend toward software-defined networks so it can simplify the process of configuring and managing its massive data centers. It is using the new OpenFlow protocol to run network tasks on x86 servers using simple C programs, getting around the proprietary software and ASICs of comms giants such as Cisco Systems.
These concepts are opening up a huge and potentially disruptive rift in the comms industry today. This session at 8 a.m. on April 23 gives you an in-depth look inside the work from one of the engineers pioneering a new path.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.