Sponsor: Central Coast Section
Speaker: Professor Behrooz Parhami of UCSB – ECE
Meeting Date: January 19, 2022
Interconnecting multiple processors in a parallel supercomputer or servers in a data center constitutes a challenging problem. There are so many ways to interconnect the computing nodes that the range of options has come to be known as “the sea of interconnection networks.” In this talk, I will outline the theoretical underpinnings of interconnection network design in a way that exposes the challenges. I will then review desirable network properties and relate them to various network classes that have been used or proposed. Emphasis will be placed on robustness attributes of networks, given that large networks with many thousands or perhaps even millions of nodes are bound to experience malfunctions in nodes and links.
Bio: Behrooz Parhami (PhD in computer science from UCLA, 1973) is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and former Associate Dean for Academic Personnel, College of Engineering, at UCSB He has research interests in computer arithmetic, parallel processing, and dependable computing. His technical publications include over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, a Persian-language textbook, and an English/Persian glossary of computing terms.