ECE Department Head Making Data Centers More Efficient

August 31, 2021

Samee KhanDr. Samee U. Khan, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department Head, has joined with Devesh Tiwari of Northeastern University in Boston to develop self-regulatory methods to efficiently utilize data centers.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the project, titled Collaborative Research; CNS Core: Small: HARMONIA: New Methods for Colocating Multiple QoS-Sensitive Jobs. The project is being funded over the course of three years.

Data centers and high-performance computing systems are considered the backbone of modern-day computational needs, including Web search, emails, video streaming, file sharing, social media and scientific computing. Current methods for utilizing data centers are conservative and inefficient, resulting in a waste of computing and networking resources as well as energy.

This project will develop self-regulatory methods to efficiently use data centers that will cater to response-oriented tasks, such as financial transactions and emergency response. It will also cater to long-running tasks, such as system monitoring and resource orchestration. The innovation, called HARMONIA, is to utilized a new class of methods that can direct performance, finetuning in real-time, without requiring knowledge about the underlying system parameters and system requirements.

For more information about Dr. Khan and his research, visit here.

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