Partha Ranganathan

PULLMAN, Wash. – Partha Ranganathan, distinguished engineer and technical lead for hardware and datacenters at Google, will speak on the “End of Moore’s Law: Or, a computer architect’s mid-life crisis” 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Engineering Teaching/Research Lab 101 on the WSU Pullman campus.

Moore’s law, discovered in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, was his observation that the number of transistors in integrated circuits doubled approximately every two years. Moore’s law is slowing down in the world of computer architecture while the demand continues to grow at phenomenal rates — with ever growing volumes of data, diverse workloads in the cloud, and smarter edge devices.

In his talk, Ranganathan will summarize recent technology and workload trends and discuss likely scenarios for the evolution of future system architectures, with a focus on large ‘warehouse-scale computing’ environments.

Before joining Google, Ranganathan was a HP Fellow and chief technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs where he led their research on systems and datacenters. He has worked on several interdisciplinary systems projects with broad impact on both academia and industry, including widely used innovations in energy-aware user interfaces, heterogeneous multicores, power-efficient servers, and disaggregated and data-centric data centers.

He has published extensively, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents, and his work has often been featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also has been named a top-15 enterprise technology rock star by Business Insider, one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by MIT Tech Review, and is a recipient of the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award and Rice University’s Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni award. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM.

The event is sponsored by WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.



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