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Breakfast Briefing – Grey Goo: A Future of Massive-scale Internet Infrastructure


Dr Peter Garraghan, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University

Topic: Grey Goo: A Future of Massive-scale Internet Infrastructure

Abstract: Internet infrastructure underpins all facets of life, and has enabled the formation and utilization of Cloud computing, Big Data, and Machine Learning within society. Such infrastructure comprises millions and billions of complex interacting social, virtual, physical, and environment systems that have continued to evolve in unforeseen ways. As these systems continue to grow, modern systems are increasingly encountering problems with (i) an endless cycle of power efficiency-consumption, (ii) unforeseen or unintended emergent system behaviour, and (iii) the end of computing laws which have governed their operation for decades. These three problems together indicate global societal challenges with respect to climate change, resilience, and how we should perceive computing.

 In this talk I will discuss the current challenges faced by massive computing infrastructure operated by the likes of Google and Alibaba, as well as detail short-term and long-term challenges related to their evolution with respect to energy, resilience, and interaction.

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