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February 5 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Title: VMware Technical Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers: David Ott, Ye Li, and Andrei Warkentin, VMware

Date: February 5th, 2019

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Northeastern University, 665 Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC), 805 Columbus Ave, Boston MA, 02120


In this talk, we will introduce three different but related areas we are working on at VMware. We start with a brief introduction to the ESXi-ARM project, its premise, challenges, and use cases in edge/IoT applications. Following that, we will present some thoughts on Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs), an active area of work in processor architectures like x86, ARM, and RISC-V.  We will mention opportunities and challenges that we see in the context of VMware system software. Finally, we’ll talk a little about the quantum threat to public key cryptography, and our work understanding migration challenges and establishing a more principled science of cryptographic agility.

About the Speakers

David Ott is a Sr. Staff Researcher within VMware Research and co-directs VMware’s Academic Program. VMAP is the external research arm of VMware, bringing together top academic researchers and company technical leaders to better understand disruptive technology trends, and to explore new areas of innovation. David works on a range of topics at the intersection of security and systems, and is a Ph.D. graduate in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Ye Li is a Sr. Member of Technical Staff within VMware Office of the CTO. He is one of the founding members of the ESXi-ARM project which ports ESXi to the ARMv8 architecture to offer workload consolidation and isolation for edge/IoT use cases. He also works on translating research ideas to potential products. His research interests include separation kernels, embedded/real-time systems, system security, and systems design and implementation in general. Ye received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Boston University.

Andrei Warkentin co-founded the ESXi-Arm project in the Office of the CTO at VMware, conducting advanced development of vSphere hypervisor technology for the 64-bit Arm architecture, and is presently a tech lead for the team.  ESXi on Arm was recently highlighted at VMworld 2018 keynotes as part of VMware’s strategy for Edge Compute and IoT. Andrei works in a wide range of directions pertaining to Arm enablement, ranging from low-level hypervisor design and implementation, to product definition and partner and ecosystem engagement. Andrei has interests in systems software design and implementation, and holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


February 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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ISEC 601
805 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02120 United States
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