12:15PM, Thursday, March 8th 2007.
Gates 104

Some Interactions between Server Virtualization and Networking

Mendel Rosenblum
Stanford University

Slides: [pdf]

About the talk:
Virtualization appears to be the latest buzzword to sweep the computing industry. By running a virtual machine monitor on the servers of an enterprise data center, organizations are finding they can achieve better hardware utilization, better reliability and availability, better power efficiency, and better manageability. In the first part of this talk I will describe the changes that virtualization is bringing to the data center. I will focus on the challenges it presents to the enterprise network. In the second part of the talk I will describe some operating system research that uses the virtualization layer to subsume much of the networking functionality currently residing in modern operating systems. This pulling out of the network stack from the operating system appears to offer many benefits for the network.


About the speaker:
Mendel Rosenblum is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department 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 of VMware Inc. As the Chief Scientist of VMware he helped design and build the industry-leading 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 systems research. 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.