Distinguished Lecture - The Impact of Virtualization on Modern Computing Environments

Location: Whittemore 300
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm
This talk is open to the general public.

Presentation: Video

Slides: PDF

A Meet-the-Speaker session will be held 4:00pm-5:30pm in McBryde 106.

Mendel Rosenblum
Stanford University

There is an adage frequently attributed to David Wheeler that every problem in computer science can be solved by adding a layer of indirection. In this talk I will discuss the problems of modern enterprise computing environments and virtualization, a layer of software inserted between the hardware and the existing software stack, which can address these problems. I will describe how virtualization helps with problems ranging from inefficient hardware utilization and poor power management to high system management costs.  In spite of its high compatibility that has allowed it to be initially deployed with limited disruptions, I will argue that virtualization will change commonly held views on the relationship between software and hardware and has the potential of a massive disruption in the computing industry. I will discuss these trends in the context of software distribution models, operating systems, and cloud computing.

Mendel Rosenblum is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments at Stanford University. Professor Rosenblum research interests include system software, distributed systems, and computer architecture. He has published research in the area of disk storage management, computer simulation techniques, scalable operating system structure, virtualization computer security, and mobility.

He is also a co-founder VMware Inc. As the Chief Scientist of VMware for the company's first 10 years he helped design and build virtualization technology for commodity computing platforms. He is a 1992 recipient of the National Science Foundation's National Young Investigator award and a 1994 recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. He was a co-winner of the 1992 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2002 ACM/SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award for creativity and innovation in operating systems research. He is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received a BA in Math from the University of Virginia (1984) and a MS (1989) and PhD (1992) in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.