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ECE Distinguished Colloquium Series (ECE 500): "How AI and Cloud Innovations are Transforming the Future of Computing"

Originating Calendar ECE ILLINOIS Distinguished Colloquium Series
Speaker Giovanni Pacifici, IBM Researcher
Date: 10/24/2019
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Grainger Auditorium, Room 1002 ECE Building
Event Contact: Wen-mei Hwu
Sponsor: ECE ILLINOIS
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

Abstract

Over the last decade, we have seen significant adoption of cloud computing for enterprise workloads. However, so far, enterprises have been using cloud computing to build new applications, rather than transforming their core applications and processes. As a result, less than 20 percent of enterprise workloads have moved to the cloud. In the new chapter of cloud, enterprises are starting to modernize and move their mission-critical applications to the cloud to become more agile. They are also beginning to leverage AI to extract value from their data and processes. The definition of cloud itself is also changing: from pure public cloud to hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. In this talk, we discuss the technologies driving this trend and the innovations required for the new chapter of cloud to support the mission-critical workloads, while simultaneously providing agility and speed of development and deployment.

 

Bio

Giovanni Pacifici joined IBM Research in 1995, where he is currently the Vice President of Hybrid Cloud, leading a research program on foundation technologies for multi-cloud container-based platforms, secure and resilient cloud infrastructure, and AI infused day service operations. Dr. Pacifici’s research has led to the creation of several new IBM products and offerings from cloud platform services, to middleware, application integration, development tools, and service management.

 

From 1989 to 1995 Dr. Pacifici was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia University where he led several research activities on the design and evaluation of control and monitoring systems for high-speed networks.

 

Dr. Pacifici published more than 70 papers in various scientific conferences and journals, authored 25 US Patents, and served as technical program chair and editor for several scientific conferences and journals.

 

Dr. Pacifici received the Laurea in Electrical Engineering and the Research Doctorate in Information Science and Telecommunications from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1984 and 1989, respectively. As a student, his research activities focused on the design and performance evaluation of access control protocols for local and wide-area networks.

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