Various Speakers
Included contributions from Intel, Facebook, VMWare, and Juniper Networks
Virtual Three-Day Event
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In this special year, The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara held three virtual workshops as part of the 2020 Emerging Technologies Review.

The ETR virtual workshops covered new developments in: Energy Efficient Clouds and Data Centers on October 2nd; Smart Societal Infrastructure on October 16th; and Food-Energy-Water on October 23rd. Each virtual workshop featured world class experts and leaders in that arena from industry, academia and government.

Day 1: IEE ETR Energy Efficient Cloud and Data Center Workshop
Friday, October 2nd  |  9am-2pm PDT

This virtual workshop focused on architecture, communications and systems issues driving energy efficiency in the cloud and the data center. It included talks from industry leaders like Juniper Networks CTO Dr. Raj Yavatkar, Facebook GM Katharine Schmidtke, VMWare Senior Director Nicola Peill-Moelter and Intel GM Robert Blum. There were two panel sessions, one focused on cloud systems and architectural issues and the other on photonic data center communications and interconnects. It also featured talks from Si Photonics pioneers Professors John Bowers and Dan Blumenthal, Energy Efficiency Chair Professor Rich Wolski as well as a closing keynote on Energy Efficiency in Machine Learning from Professor William Wang.

All speakers were recorded. Videos are available at the links below:


Session 1: Data Center and Cloud Efficiency and Sustainability 
Raj Yavatkar - Juniper Networks: The Revolution in Data Center Communications and Interconnects
Nicola Peill-Moelter - VMWare: Hunting Zombies for Fun, Profit, and Sustainability

Rich Wolski - UCSB: Energy Efficiency on the (IoT) Edge

Panel Session 1: Data Center and Cloud Efficiency
Moderator: Tim Sherwood - UCSB
Jonathan Balkind - UCSB
Brent Gorda - ARM
Michael Haney - ARPA-E
Nicola Peill-Moelter - VMWare
Raj Yavatkar - Juniper Networks

Session 2: Energy Efficient Photonics Interconnects and Data Centers
Katharine Schmidtke - Facebook: Cloud-Scale Interconnect Architectures in the Context of Hardware and Software Codesign
Daniel Blumenthal - UCSB: Low Energy Frequency Stabilized Coherent WDM for Data Center Interconnects
Robert Blum - Intel: The Promise of Co-Packaged Optics: Paving the Way for Improved Power Efficiency, Size, and Cost
John Bowers - UCSB: Photonic Integration for Data Centers

Panel Session 2: The Optical Revolution in the Data Center and the Cloud
Moderator: John Bowers - UCSB
Alexis Bjorlin - Broadcom
Robert Blum - Intel
Gordon Keeler - DARPA
Kaushik Patel - Cisco
Clint Schow - UCSB

Closing Talk
William Wang - UCSB: Towards Dramatically Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Machine Learning