Tuesday Keynote
If you Can’t Beat Them, Lead Them – Convergence of Supercomputing & Next Generation “Extreme” Big Data

Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka

Tuesday, June 24, 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm, Hall 1

Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka
Professor, Global Scientific Information & Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology

“Big Data” is quickly becoming one of the most important elements of modern IT. While much efforts are being made in higher level algorithms based on advanced statistical & deep learning theories, system level work on accelerating big data has been rather meager, many of the work exemplified by minor improvements on Hadoop running on re-purposed web servers on the cloud with commodity servers with slow hard disks, gigabit Ethernets and heavily layered software stack with significant overheads. By contrast, leading supercomputers now embody performance metrics, which, in some cases matching the entire Internet, and some of the data-intensive workloads executed therein can easily be considered as next-generation big data workloads. For the future “extreme” big data workloads we believe that supercomputer architecture will converge with those for big data in a way that it will serve a leadership technological role, as will be exemplified in the talk by a number of recent Japanese research projects on the subject including our JST-CREST “Extreme Big Data” project.


Satoshi Matsuoka is a Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology (GSIC). He is the leader of TSUBAME series of supercomputers, which became the 4th fastest in the world on the Top500 and awarded the "Greenest Production Supercomputer in the World" by the Green 500 in November, 2010 and June 2011. He has also co-lead the Japanese national grid project NAREGI during 2003-2007, and is currently leading various projects such as the JST-CREST Ultra Low Power HPC and JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience. He has authored over 500 papers according to Google Scholar, and has chaired many ACM/IEEE conferences, including the Technical Papers Chair, Community Chair, and the upcoming Program Chair for Supercomputing Conferences 09, 11 and 13 respectively. He is a fellow of ACM and European ISC, and has won many awards including the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006, awarded by his Highness Prince Akishinomiya, the ACM Gordon Bell Prizes for 2011, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012.

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