CS Distinguished Lecture Series: "The End of Moore's Law and the Beginning of Continuous User Interfaces" by Dr. Doug Burger

Date: March 29, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room: UC 2.01.24 (Mesquite Room)

Title: "The End of Moore's Law and the Beginning of Continuous User Interfaces"
by Dr. Doug Burger (Microsoft Research)


For decades, the computer architecture research community has focused mostly on fundamental infrastructure, providing innovations and breakthroughs that improved the performance and efficiency of computer systems, permitting application developers to produce progressively more exciting applications and capabilities. That paradigm is under increasing stress as we race to the end of Moore's Law. As we race to the end of Moore's Law, there remains enormous opportunity in tightly integrating computing and data with individuals, leveraging new mobile interfaces with new cloud services to create a highly personalized digital ecosystem. This ecosystem will act proactively on our behalf, and will enable us to use services continuously. Key components of this ecosystem include strong privacy, efficient datacenters, and usable continuous interfaces.


Doug Burger is Director of the Client and Cloud Applications research group in Microsoft Research. In this role, he directs strategic research efforts aimed at producing disruptive advances in mobile client design, data center design, and the applications and experiences that span the two. He received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently joined the University of Texas at Austin, where he spent ten years on the faculty. With Steve Keckler, he co-led the TRIPS project, which developed EDGE architectures and NUCA caches. The TRIPS project culminated in a working prototype ASIC containing two 16-wide, out-of-order issue cores, each with a 1,024 instruction window, and architected with a file-grain tileddesign. He received the ACM Maurice Wilkes Award in 2006, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM. He currently serves as past Chair of ACM SIGARCH.