Data center operators have been using reconfigurable logic in data centers to provide hardware level performance and efficiency, while still enabling flexibility. This talk discusses how reconfigurable logic is used today in data centers, and how reconfigurable logic might be used in future data centers.
Derek Chiou is a Partner Group Hardware Engineering Manager at Microsoft where he leads the Azure team focused on FPGA eco-system, tools, and IP for data centers, and an adjunct associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Until 2016, he was an associate professor at UT. His research areas are novel uses of FPGAs, high performance computer simulation, rapid system design, computer architecture, parallel computing, Internet router architecture, and network processors. Before going to UT, Dr. Chiou was a system architect and lead the performance modeling team at Avici Systems, a manufacturer of terabit core routers. Dr. Chiou received his Ph.D., S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.