CSE 35th Anniversary

Join us April 14, 2023

UCSD CSE is celebrating its 35th birthday! Our graduate program went from 30th in 1994 to 11th in 2022 in the US News and World Report Graduate Rankings, and we are now ranked 4th on csrankings.org. We have over 80 faculty; over $40M in research expenditures; over 2,000 undergraduate majors; over 1,000 graduate students; and a third of all UC San Diego undergraduates take a course in our department.

Yet this is only the beginning. Ours is a field of endless possibilities. Let us join forces to shape the future. Imagine CSE, a world class research hub for new horizons. Imagine CSE, a place for innovative education. Imagine CSE, a home to large interdisciplinary research centers. Imagine CSE, a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. Imagine CSE, an inclusive community. Imagine CSE, your inclusive community. Come join us as we re-imagine the future of CSE.

CSE 35th Anniversary KeyNote Speaker

Reinventing Computing:
How necessity will transform next-generation infrastructure


The rise of scale-out, general-purpose, cluster computing coupled with sustained exponential growth in underlying hardware performance fueled planetary-scale services and connectivity that would have seemed unimaginable 20 years ago. However, the underlying trends fueling this transformation are ending just as we face unprecedented demand in machine learning, data processing, and sovereignty. In this talk, we will review both the history of this transformation and argue that the current computing landscape necessitates novel thinking and invention to fuel the next 1000x growth in capacity and capability, all while supporting a fundamentally different security and reliability posture to support modern societal infrastructure. In particular, we discuss how emerging approaches in i) computing specialization, ii) system rather than component optimization, and iii) new hardware organization, data hierarchies, and programming models are shaping the architectural paradigms for the next epoch of computing.


Amin Vahdat is a Fellow and Vice President of Engineering at Google, where his team is responsible for engineering and product management for Compute (Borg/Cluster Scheduling, and Operating Systems), Platforms (TPUs, Accelerators, Servers, Storage, and Networking), Network Infrastructure (Datacenter, Campus, RPC, and End Host network software), Google Cloud’s Compute, Storage, and Network Products (including Google Compute Engine, GKE, Cloud Networking, and Google Cloud Storage), and the Systems Research Group. Until 2019, he was the Area Technical Lead for Networking at Google, responsible for Google's Technical Infrastructure roadmap in collaboration with peers in Compute, Storage, and Hardware. Vahdat is active in the Computer Science systems and networking research communities, with his work being recognized by eight best paper awards and five test of time awards.

In the past, he was the SAIC Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego and the Director of UCSD’s Center for Networked Systems. Vahdat received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Computer Science, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an ACM Fellow. Vahdat has been recognized with a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER award, the UC Berkeley Distinguished EECS Alumni Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award, and the Duke University David and Janet Vaughn Teaching Award. Most recently, Amin was awarded the SIGCOMM lifetime achievement award for his contributions to data center and wide area networks.