Oct 1-3, 2017

 Seattle, Washington, USA

The Microsoft Catapult Project

Derek Chiou
Partner Hardware Architect, Microsoft
Research professor, University of Texas at Austin

All new Microsoft Azure and Bing servers are being deployed with an FPGA that sits both between the server and the data center network and on the PCIe bus. The FPGA is currently being used to accelerate networking on Azure machines and search on Bing machines, but could very quickly and easily be retargeted to other uses as needed. In this talk, I will describe how we decided on this architecture, the new data center model it introduces, and the benefits it provides.


Derek Chiou is a Partner Architect at Microsoft where he leads the Azure Cloud Silicon team working on FPGAs and ASICs for data center applications and infrastructure and a researcher in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. His research areas are FPGA acceleration, high-performance computer simulation, rapid system design, computer architecture, parallel computing, Internet router architecture, and network processors. Before going to UT, Dr. Chiou was a system architect and lead the performance modeling team at Avici Systems, a manufacturer of terabit core routers. Dr. Chiou received his Ph.D., S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.