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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


A Machine for Robust-First Computing

Dave Ackley
University of New Mexico

Why do computers crash, often at the slightest provocation? Living organisms often suffer major systemic insults yet continue to run. Could we build a machine that didn't crash -- even one that -- couldn't -- crash? In this talk -- mixing revisionist history and overt advocacy with extreme computer architecture and new programming models -- I will argue that we in computing have been optimizing the wrong thing, and suggest that the route to truly large-scale computing places robustness first.

Host: Garrett Kenyon,, 7-1900, IS & T