Computer Systems Research in the Post-Virtualization Era

Ed Bugnion, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


The evolution of computing technology has led to the centralization into mega-computing resources, the disruption of entire industries through software services, substantial concerns around security, privacy, and surveillance, and enabled the recent explosion of data science and deep learning. In all cases, computer systems (and computer systems research) provides a technical foundation to reason about challenges and trends.

This talk will rely on examples from past and current research and put them in the context of the challenges of the day. It will revisit virtualization from a historical perspective and extend to my recent focus on microsecond-scale computing.

Ed Bugnion, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Prof. Edouard Bugnion joined EPFL in 2012, where his focus is on datacenter systems. He is also the academic co-director of the Swiss Data Science Center and currently serves as the Vice- President for Information Systems at EPFL.

Before joining EPFL, Edouard spent 18 years in the US, where he received his PhD from Stanford and co-founded two startups: VMware and Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco) and served as their CTO.

Together with his colleagues, Bugnion received the ACM Software System Award for VMware in 2009. His paper on “Disco” was entered into the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award in 2008. He has received Best Paper Awards from both SOSP and OSDI.

Together with Jason Nieh and Dan Tsafrir, he recently published his first textbook on “hardware and software support for virtualization.”

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@conference {203294,
author = {Ed Bugnion},
title = {Computer Systems Research in the {Post-Virtualization} Era},
year = {2017},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul

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