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October 5, 2020, 12:00 PM
Ricardo Bianchini: Serverless in Seattle: Toward Making Serverless the Future of the Cloud

[Monday, October 05, 2020 at 12:00 PM in] Abstract:
The serverless computing paradigm has attractive properties, such as pay-per-use and fast scale-out. Unfortunately, it also has some key shortcomings that have so far limited its wide applicability. For example, current approaches for cold-start management either incur high latency or high memory overhead. As another example, running data-intensive applications in serverless platforms is currently slow or requires additional machinery. In this talk, I will describe our efforts towards understanding current serverless workloads, optimizing their cold start performance and efficiency, and broadening the scope of applications that can run efficiently in serverless platforms. Some of these efforts have already started transitioning to production in Azure Functions. I will conclude the talk with some open challenges going forward.

Dr. Ricardo Bianchini received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, where he leads efforts to improve the efficiency of the company's online services and datacenters. He also manages the Systems Research Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond. His main research interests include cloud computing, data center efficiency, and leveraging machine learning to improve systems. He is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow.

October 12, 2020, 12:00 PM
Carmit Hazay: TBD

[Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM in] Details to come.