Gustavo Alonso

Systems Group
Department of Computer Science
ETH Zentrum, CAB F 77
CH-8092 Zurich

ETH Zurich

Tel.:     +41-(0)44-632 7306
Fax:     +41-(0)44-632 1425
E-mail: alonso@inf (add "")






Talks and presentations:

  • Building a large scale database on top of MPI. Invited talk at the Euro-MPI Conference, Zürich, Switzerland, September 2019.
  • How Hardware Evolution is driving Software Systems. Keynote at the International Conference on Distributed and Event based Systems. Darmstadt, Germany, June 2019.
  • Using specialized hardware for better systems software. Talk at Google X and HPE. Palo Alto, CA, USA. April, 2019
  • Hardware Acceleration in the Data Center. Talk at E-Bay, San Jose, CA. April 2019
  • Hardware Acceleration in  Search Engines. Invited talk at the Amadeus Technical Conference. Madrid, Spain, March 2019
  • Accelerating distributed databases with RDMA. Talk at Oracle. Redwood Shores, CA, USA. January 2019.
  • How Hardware Evolution is Driving Software Systems. Invited talk at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, December 2018.
  • Hardware Acceleration close to the network. Invited Talk at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, September, 2018.
  • How Hardware Evolution is driving Software Systems. Talk at VMWare. Palo Alto, CA, USA. September 2018
  • FPGAs for Machine Learning. Invited Talk at the Workshop on Reconfigurable Computing and Machine Learning (RC4ML) in the 2018 FPL Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August 2018.
  • Database Acceleration using FPGAs. Invited talk at Xilinx, Dublin, Ireland, August 2018.
  • The impact of modern Hardware on System Design. Invited talk at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. June 2018
  • The impact of modern hardware in systems design. Keynote at the 8th Workshop on Systems for Multi-core and Heterogeneous Architectures (SFMA 2018). Porto, Portugal, April 2018
  • 20+ years of data replication and consistency. Have we learned anything?. Keynote at the 5th Workshop on Principles and Practice of Consistency for Distributed Data (PaPoC). Porto, Portugal. April 2018
  • What Modern hardware can do for Data Processing. Keynote at the GI Database Symposium 2018. Rot, Germany, March 2018
  • Data Processing on Emerging Hardware. Invited talk at the 3rd Summer School on Big Data, TU Munich, Munich, Germany, August 2017.
  • Data Processing on the fast lane. Talk at Intel. Portland, OR, November 2016.
  • Data Processing on the fast lane. Keynote at FPL'16. Lausanne, Switzerland, September, 2016.
  • Accelerating Data Science. Talk at EPFL, April, 2016, and at TU Munich, June, 2016
  • Generalization versus Specialization in cloud computing infrastructures. Keynote at IC2E 2016 (IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering), Berlin, Germany; April, 2016
  • Data Processing in Modern Hardware. Keynote at EDBT 2016, Bourdeaux, France; March, 2016
  • Data Processing and New Hardware. Talks at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK PolyU) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). January, 2016
  • The case for custom systems development. Keynote at ACM Systor'14. Haifa, Israel (June, 2014).
  • Rackscale computing - the things that matter. Invited Talk at the 1st Workshop on Rackscale Computing, April, 2014 - EuroSys 2014, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Crazy little thing called hardware. Lecture at the 7th School on Hot Topics in Distributed Computing, March, 2014, La Plagne, France.
  • Heterogeneous architectures for data centers. Invited Talk at the Xilinx Emergency Technology Symposium, San Jose (CA), USA (February, 2014).
  • Adapting data processing to modern workloads. Distinguished Lecture at TU Darmstadt. November, 2013.
  • Extended version of the "Performance in the multicore era" given at UMass at Amherts, at MIT, at IBM Almaden (May-June, 2013), and at the Technion Computer Engineering Center (June, 2014)
  • SwissBox: redesigning systems from the ground up. Talk given at IBM Rüschlikon (March,2013) and at the New England Database Seminar (NEDS) at the University of Brandeis, May, 2013.
  • Performance in the multicore era. Talk at CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. March, 2013.
  • Hardware killed the Software star. Keynote at IEEE ICDE 2013, Brisbane, Australia. April, 2013. Also given at Oracle Labs, USA (June, 2013) and at TU Darmstadt, Germany (November, 2013)
  • New generation of data processing appliances. C Seminar@Corporate Research, ABB Corporate Research Center, Baden, Switzerland (November, 2012)
  • Multicore in Data Appliances, invited talk at the 18th CREST Open Workshop, University College London, March 2012.
  • Andrei Popovici, Gustavo Alonso: Dynamic Weaving for Aspect oriented programming - a 10 Year Perspective. Talk given at ASOD 2012 in Postdam, Germany for the Most influential Paper Award awarded to the paper published at AOSD'02.
  • Databases in the Cloud. Avaloq Developers Conference. Zürich, Switzerland. June, 2011.
  • SwissBox: Revisiting the data processing software stack. Invited talk at the Department of Computer Science, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, December 2010.
  • Gustavo Alonso and Bettina Kemme: Database Replication.Talk given for the 2010 VLDB 10 Year Best Paper Award. VLDB 2010, Singapore, September 2010.
  • Cloud Computing and its Impact on Computer Science. Keynote, XV Jornadas de Ingeniería del Software y Bases de Datos, JISBD 2010, Valencia, Spain, September, 2010.
  •  Wolken kosten Geld Talk at the 2010 ELCA Update, Olten, Switzerland, June 2010.
  • The Ganymed approach to scalable and extensible database architectures. Colloquium talk at IfI, University of Zürich (March, 2008).
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Formal Specifications in Service Oriented Architectures . Keynote talk at Petri Nets 2008 (29th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency), Xi'an, China, June 2008.
  • Myth and Realities of Sensor Network Data Management. Keynote talk at DMSN'07 (4th International Workshop on Data Management for Sensor Networks, at VLDB 2007), Vienna, Austria, September, 2007.
  • SwissQM: a Virtual Machine for Sensor Networks. Talk given at the University of Waterloo (Canada), TU Darmstadt (Germany), and the University of Bolzano (Italy), 2007.
  • The Service Revolution - software engineering without the burden of programming languages. Keynote at IEEE ECOWS'06. Zürich, Switzerland (December, 2006).
  • Application development and SOA. Invited talk at the inauguration of the Hasso Plattner Institute Research School. University of Postdam, Germany (June, 2006).