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September 11-14, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
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Tuesday, September 12 • 7:45am - 8:30am
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Just like in “Batteries Not Included," magical new hardware often drops in when you least expect it - zooming in and changing the game like some friendly alien life form. But that tech is years (and billions of dollars) in development, and getting the software stack to embrace new architectures and hardware is notoriously difficult. The fast pace of today’s open source world, combined with further abstraction from the hardware, seems to make that even harder.

With new data center-class chips bubbling up from the giant Arm ecosystem, Google creating things like the Tensor Processing Unit and Titan, and acronyms like GPU, FPGA, and SoC filling the air, we ask: is hardware the next innovation layer? Should the software world care more about it?

Hardware geeks!  Software geeks!  Come one come all! While you munch on pancakes and check out a table full of cool gear from OSS vendors, Alex Williams will ask panelists from Red Hat, Microsoft, Comcast, Packet and IDC what’s the scoop.

Please note that this event can only accommodate 100 attendees. Please arrive early to secure your seat.


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avatar for Joab Jackson

Joab Jackson

Managing Editor, TheNewStack
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Alex Williams

Founder and editor in chief, The New Stack

Speakers
avatar for Al Gillen

Al Gillen

Analyst, IDC
As Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source, Al Gillen oversees IDC's software development research portfolio. Research disciplines in this group include developer research covering census, demographics and developer activities; platform and cloud application se... Read More →
avatar for Ashley McNamara

Ashley McNamara

Principal Technologist, Microsoft
Ashley McNamara is a Principal Technologist at Microsoft, where she acts as a bridge between third-party developers and Microsoftl, driving platform adoption through the developer community and driving change into products based on real-world customer/developer feedback. Ashley was a 2014 Hackbright engineering fellow. In her spare time... Read More →
avatar for Nithya Ruff

Nithya Ruff

Senior Director, Open Source Prctice, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Sr. Director and the leader of the Comcast Open Source Practice. Most recently, she was the Director for Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She has also held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and E... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Welch

Aaron Welch

SVP, Product, Packet
Aaron Welch co-founded Packet in 2014 and directed product development and architecture for the company through 2016.  He now leads open source and technical integration efforts, where he works with a broad array of partners and technical communities.   He has been known to pound out decent code on occasion, including Packet's official Terraform, Salt, and Juju providers as well as Python and Golang... Read More →
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Chris Wright

VP & Chief Technologist, Office of Technology, Red Hat
Chris Wright is the Vice President and Chief Technologist at Red Hat. During his nearly 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security and virtualization. He has been a Linux developer for over a decade, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel working on security and virtualization... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 7:45am - 8:30am
Gold 3

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