Bill McColl
CTO, Parallel Computing, Huawei Research & Oxford University

TALK TITLE: SUPERCLOUDS – SCALABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE NONSTOP INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AI AND SMART SOCIETIES

I will describe some new approaches to building high performance nonstop infrastructure for scalable AI and cloud computing. With AI as the technological driving force behind future smart cities and smart societies, we will need powerful new nonstop AI infrastructures at both the cloud level and at the edge.

BIOGRAPHY

Bill McColl joined Huawei’s Paris Research Center in 2014. Bill was previously a Full Professor of Computer Science at Oxford University, Head of Research in Parallel Computing at Oxford, and Chairman of the Faculty of Computer Science there. He also founded and led Oxford Parallel – a major center for research on industrial and business applications of HPC at Oxford. In his research, he has worked on many areas of parallel algorithms and software systems. He developed the BSP approach to parallel computing, along with Les Valiant of Harvard. BSP is now used at most of the major global web companies (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Alibaba,…) for their massively parallel graph computing and analytics. BSP also powers leading-edge massively parallel machine learning algorithms and software. At Huawei he currently leads teams that are developing new parallel algorithms and software platforms for AI, Analytics and HPC.