Demand is expected to grow significantly for cloud services that deliver sophisticated artificial intelligence on the critical path of user queries, as is the case with intelligent personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri. If the prediction of the trend is correct, these types of applications will likely consume most of the world’s computing cycles. The Sirius project was motivated to investigate what this future might look like and how cloud architectures should evolve to achieve it.

By Johann Hauswald, Michael A. Laurenzano, Yunqi Zhang, Cheng Li, Austin Rovinski, Arjun Khurana, Ronald G. Dreslinski, Trevor Mudge, Vinicius Petrucci, Lingjia Tang and Jason Mars. IEEE Micro, 2016 Top Picks.