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Colloquium - Zorn

Performance in the Age of Trustworthy Computing
Microsoft Research
2/4/2004
10:00am-11:00am

Historically, performance has been of great importance in the evolution of computer systems. Recently, however, concerns about security, privacy, and reliability have shifted the focus of many systems researchers away from performance into other areas. In this talk, I discuss why the challenges and opportunities in performance research are just as important as ever. Specifically, I will discuss hardware trends (such as increasing hardware concurrency) and software trends (such as the increasing use of managed code). These trends present great challenges to system implementers and aggressive research will be required to keep Moore's Law alive. In my talk, I will discuss ongoing work at Microsoft Research that attempts to overcome performance challenges, specifically in the area of improving data locality. I will also present thoughts intended to pique academic interest in key performance areas.

Ben Zorn is an Assistant Director in the Programmer Productivity Research Center (PPRC) of Microsoft Research. After receiving a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1989, Ben Zorn served 8 years on the Computer Science faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He left the University of Colorado in 1998 to become a researcher at Microsoft Research, where he currently works. His areas of research interest range from programming language design and implementation to performance measurement and analysis. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the ACM journal Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems.

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