CSE599C: Data Center Systems

Multi-tenant data centers and cloud computing are one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry, with more than $50B of infrastructure spending each year. This has created a ready adoption path for new technology innovations that is beginning to change almost every aspect of how computer systems are built and used. This course will be a cross-disciplinary discussion of the technologies underlying next generation data centers and the research challenges needed to leverage those technologies. Work will involve a selection of paper readings, class discussions, a few short conceptual problem sets, and an independent research or education project. Topics will tentatively include: hardware acceleration, dark silicon, low latency terabit programmable networks, RDMA, openflow, virtualization, resource isolation, SLA management, disaggregation, non-volatile low power DRAM replacements like Optane, and multi-data center resilience.

This is a post-quals course, but it is also appropriate for fifth year masters students and pre-quals PhD students. The topics covered should be complementary to domain-specific courses in architecture, networking, operating systems, and distributed systems.

Location: Gates G04, Tuesday/Thursday at 11:30 - 12:50

The reading list, calendar, and presenter assignments for this quarter can be found here

Project proposals for the winter 2020 quarter can be found here (UW NetID protected).

Privacy policy and terms of use