As the man in charge of the public cloud leader’s sprawling computing resources, Peter DeSantis needs to have his finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest in infrastructure technology. He’s planning on sharing some of those insights with the cloud community in a few weeks at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit.
DeSantis, vice president of infrastructure for Amazon Web Services, will be the concluding speaker June 27 at the second annual Cloud Tech Summit at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. DeSantis plans to discuss updates to the company’s infrastructure strategy that have surfaced since he last addressed these topics at re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas, and talk about some of its forward-looking plans with respect to silicon design.
In a conversation with GeekWire ahead of the event, DeSantis outlined his plans for a talk on AWS infrastructure and its networking advances, after which he’ll sit down with yours truly for a brief discussion on some of the silicon work that AWS has been up to of late. All cloud vendors have been taking a close look at alternative processors for specialized workloads in the cloud, such as machine learning and video codecs, and DeSantis will talk about AWS’ strategy with respect to flexible FPGA (field programmable gate arrays) chips and other custom silicon designed to accommodate shifting workloads in the cloud.
“The cloud is going to make it possible for there to be more than one type of instruction set” running in future data centers, he said, noting that customers are already experimenting with workloads for machine learning and video codecs on some of this specialized gear.
If you’re interested in the latest moves that the leading public cloud vendor is making to keep its computing infrastructure at the top of the market, you’ll want to stick around for DeSantis’ session.
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