Berkeley Profs Look ‘Above the Clouds’

Last week a team of computer scientists from the Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory (RAD Lab) at UC Berkeley published a white paper titled “Above The Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing.” The RAD Lab’s research agenda is to “invent technology that leverages machine learning to help automate the operation of datacenters for scalable Internet services.” Among the paper’s key points is that economies of scale provide enormous data centers with cost advantages that enable them to run profitable large-scale online services. In this video, professors Armando Fox, Anthony Joseph, Randy Katz, and David Patterson of the Berkeley team discuss some of the ideas in the paper. This video runs 14 minutes.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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