OmniX - an OS architecture for omni-programmable systems
Mark Silberstein, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Future systems will be omni-programmable: alongside CPUs, GPUs, Security accelerators and FPGAs, they will execute user code near-storage, near-network, and near-memory. Ironically, while breaking power and memory walls via hardware specialization and near data processing, emerging programmability wall will become a key impediment for materializing the promised performance and power efficiency benefits of omni-programmable systems. I argue that the root cause of the programming complexity lies in todays CPU-centric operating system (OS) design which is no longer appropriate for omni-programmable systems.

In this talk I will summarize the results of the last seven years of research and a handful of publications on an accelerator-centric OS architecture called OmniX. OmniX advocates for extending standard OS abstractions into accelerators, while maintaining a coherent view of the system among all the resident processors. In OmniX, near-data and compute accelerators may directly invoke tasks and access I/O services, excluding the CPU from performance-critical data and control plane operations. The CPU becomes a "yet another" accelerator for sequential computations. I will show how OmniX design principles have been successfully applied to GPUs, Programmable NICs, and Intel SGX, and discuss the obstacles and successes of adopting some of them in industry.

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About the speaker
Mark Silberstein is an Associate Professor at the EE department at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology where he is heading the Accelerated Computing Systems Lab:

His research is centered around OSes for compute and I/O accelerator architectures. He is also working on practical ways to protect systems from speculative and non-speculative side channels attacks, showing some new attacks (Foreshadow) but also providing efficient ways to detect existing vulnerabilities (SpecFuzz, USENIX Sec'20). His recent new passion is using neural nets as a "computational" cache, where his student demonstrated the first application of NNs to data-path packet classification (NuevoMatch, SIGCOMM'20). Mark is actively looking for excellent postdocs.
Date & Time
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 14:00