Ling Liu's SC13 paper "Large Graph Processing Without the Overhead" featured by HPCwire.
Another list highlighting Open Source Software Releases.
Second GraphLab workshop should be even bigger than the first! GraphLab is a new programming framework for graph-style data analytics.
August 27, 2015
Congratulations to Jinliang Wei and co-authors Wei Dai, Aurick Qiao, Qirong Ho, Henggang Cui, Gregory R. Ganger, Phillip B. Gibbons, Garth A. Gibson, and Eric P. Xing on winning one of two awards for Best Paper at the 2015 ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing, held on the Kohala Coast, HI. Their paper Managed Communication and Consistency for Fast Data-Parallel Iterative Analytics presents Bösen, a system that maximizes network communication efficiency under a given intermachine network bandwidth budget to minimize accumulated error, while ensuring theoretical convergence guarantees for large-scale data-parallel ML applications.
June 13, 2015
Margaret Martonosi’s paper "Wattch: A Framework for Architectural-Level Power Analysis and Optimizations," co-auathored with David Brooks and Vivek Tiwari, from ISCA 2000 received ACM SIGARCH/IEEE TCCA Influential ISCA Paper Award at ISCA this year. This award recognizes the paper from the ISCA Proceedings 15 years earlier that has had the most impact on the field (in terms of research, development, products or ideas) during the intervening years.
--with info from sigarch.org
May 18, 2015
Congratulations to Alexey for receiving ECE's Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award for his efforts on 15-719: Advanced Cloud Computing, taught by Garth Gibson and Majd Sakr during the fall semester of 2014. In their letter of nomination Professors Sakr and Gibson cited Alexey’s hard work, innovation, and commitment to student success, describing it as “unparalleled”. Alexey “went way beyond the call of duty, supported the students with a pleasant constructive engagement style and built a project [that] will certainly [be] reused next year.”
During the semester, Alexey developed the end-of-term course project, where the students were guided to build their own virtualized clusters and cluster schedulers on the brand new PRObE cluster called NOME. In the words of one of the students: "[Alexey was] extremely helpful and responsive. [We] had a lot of one-on-one discussions, which led to interesting insights and learning. [He] was very supportive of ideas and any issues faced. [He] strived hard to get the essence of the project into the students and drive the phases towards that goal. Probably my best project at CMU."
-- with info from D. Marculescu's award presentation notes.
May 4, 2015
Congratulations to Yuzhe Tang, Arun Iyengar, Wei Tan, Liana Fong, Balaji Palanisamy, and Ling Liu for receiving the best paper award for their work on "Lightweight Indexing for Log-Structured Key-Value Stores" at the 15th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2015) conference. The acceptance rate at this conference is 25.7%.
April 27, 2015
Margaret R. Martonosi, Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, has been selected as the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award recipient for 2015. The award honors Dr. Martonosi for her technical leadership of high-impact research projects in the design of power-efficient computer architectures and sensor systems as well as her creation and organization of career development programs for women and minorities. As a highly visible woman in leadership positions at Princeton and within her professional community, Martonosi also has acted as a mentor and role model for graduate and undergraduate women students.
Martonosi is a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM. She was the 2013 recipient of the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award. She also has received the 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award and the 2010 Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award. In addition to many archival publications, Martonosi is an inventor on seven granted US patents, and has co-authored a technical reference book on power-aware computer architecture. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA).
“A leading researcher with over 160 refereed papers and seven US patents granted, a seminal figure behind computer research careers for women, and a dedicated mentor of women in technology, Dr. Martonosi is a force to be reckoned with,” said Donatella Sciuto, Politecnico di Milano and chairperson of Women in Electronic Design. “We are honored to present her with the Marie Pistilli award in recognition of her notable contributions to research and technology and the impact she has made on career development programs for women and minorities.”
--from www.reuters.com; more at http://www.reuters.com/
March 25, 2015
Congratulations to Onur on receiving a Google Faculty Research Award. Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. This Faculty Award is to support Professor Mutlu's research in the area of novel computer memory systems. Mutlu has been examining new memory architectures and interfaces with the goal of enabling low-cost and energy-efficient computation near data. His related research develops both new hardware substrates and software interfaces to perform computation in or close to memory as well as software techniques that can take better advantage of such new substrates and interfaces. A recent overview of Mutlu's research can be found here.
--info from ECE News and google.com
March 14, 2015
Gennady Pekhimenko, along with co-authors Evgeny Bolotin, Mike O'Connor, Onur Mutlu, Todd C. Mowry and Stephen W. Keckler have been awarded first place in the ASPLOS Student Research Competition, Istanbul, Turkey for their work on "Energy-Efficient Data Compression for GPU Memory Systems." The ASPLOS SRC is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses.
February 18, 2015
Justin Meza was selected to receive a Google US/Canada Fellowship for his work in Systems Reliability. Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas.
-- info from googleresearch.blogspot.ca
February 7, 2015
Congratulations to Yu Cai, Yixin Luo, Erich F. Haratsch, Ken Mai, Onur Mutlu for receiving Best Paper Runner Up at the 21st International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) for their paper "Data Retention in MLC NAND Flash Memory: Characterization, Optimization and Recovery."
January 30, 2015
The MICRO 2014 paper “PipeCheck: Specifying and Verifying Microarchitectural Enforcement of Memory Consistency Models,” by Daniel Lustig, Michael Pellauer and Margaret Martonosi, and originally published in the proceedings of the 47th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO’14) was selected as an annual Top Picks selection in Computer Architecture. It will appear in the IEEE Micro Special issue in May/June, 2015.
January 19, 2015
Justin Meza received one of the two Best Presentation Awards at the 10th HiPEAC (High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) conference. The HiPEAC conference is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. The presented paper, titled "Efficient Data Mapping and Buffering Techniques for Multi-Level Cell Phase-Change Memories", is co-authored with ECE’s Onur Mutlu, alum HanBin Yoon and researchers from Google.
December 17, 2014
Congratulations to Nagakishore Jammula, Moinuddin Qureshi, Ada Gavrilovska and Jongman Kim for being awarded Best Paper for their work on "Balancing Context Switch Penalty and Response Time with Elastic Time Slicing" at the 21st International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC '14), Goa, India.
December 13, 2014
Congratulations to Daniel Lustig, Michael Pellauer, and Margaret Martonosi for having their work "PipeCheck: Specifying and Verifying Microarchitectural Enforcement of Memory Consistency Models" nominated for Best Paper at the 47th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO).
December 2, 2014
Congratulations to Kisung Lee, Raghu Ganti, Mudhakar Srivatsa and Ling Liu on being awarded Best Paper at the 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous’14) for their work on “When Twitter meets Foursquare: Tweet Location Prediction using Foursquare.”
Ling Liu (Georgia Tech) was elevated to IEEE Fellow, for “contributions to scalable Internet data management and decentralized trust management.” IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. There are now a total of 9 IEEE Fellows and 8 ACM Fellows on the ISTC-CC team.
November 16, 2014
Congratulations to Kai Ren, Qing Zheng, Swapnil Patil, and Garth Gibson on being awarded paper at the 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC'14) for their paper “IndexFS: Scaling File System Metadata Performance with Stateless Caching and Bulk
Insertion." SC’14 had 394 submissions and over 10,000 attendees.
November 9, 2014
Congratulations to Sara Alspaugh, Betty Beidi Chen, Jessica Lin, Archana Ganapathi, Marti A. Hearst, and Randy Katz on receiving the award for Best Student Paper at the 2014 USENIX Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA’14) for their work on “Analyzing Log Analysis: An Empirical Study of User Log Mining.”
November 3, 2014
Congratulations to Iulian Moraru, Dave Andersen and Michael Kaminsky for receiving the best paper award at the 5th ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SOCC’14) for their work on “Paxos Quorum Leases: Fast Reads without Sacrificing Writes.”
October 26, 2014
“Characterization and Analysis of Dynamic Parallelism in Unstructured GPU Applications” by J. Wang and S. Yalamanchili was a best paper runner-up at the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC’14).
October 25, 2014
“Language Modeling with Power Low Rank Ensembles” by A. P. Parikh, A. Saluja, C. Dyer and E. P. Xing was a best paper runner-up at the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP’14).
August 24, 2014
Aaron Li, Amr Ahmed, Sujith Ravi, Alex Smola have won the KDD 2014 best paper prize for their work on “Reducing the sampling complexity of topic models.” This paper yields over an order of magnitude speedup in sampling topic models, in particular when the amount of data is large or when the generative model is dense.
June 1, 2014
At the 51st ACM/IEEE Design and Automation Conference for electronic systems in San Francisco this year, Dan Siewiorek received two awards. The first was the Prolific Author Award for having published between 20 and 24 papers at the conference, and the second was the DAC’s Second Decade (1974-1983) Award for its Top Ten Authors.
May 12, 2014
ECE doctoral student Kevin Kai-Wei Chang (CMU), who is working with Professor Onur Mutlu on efficient memory systems, has been selected to receive the prestigious Intel Foundation/SRCEA Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship provides tuition and a stipend for up to three years. Kevin recently published a paper at the HPCA 2014 conference on reducing the performance penalty of DRAM refresh, a key limiter of scalability in DRAM memory systems.
Congratulations to Mor Harchol-Balter (CMU) who received two awards as a result of her teachings (to 400 freshmen) of class 21-127 Proof Concepts: (i) 2014 CMU Mudge House Dinner with the Deans Honorary Event for Influential Teachers, and (ii) 2014 Apple Pie with Alpha Chi Honorary Event for CMU Faculty with Impact on Students.
April 21, 2014
ECE Professor Onur Mutlu has been selected as one of 12 applicants to receive a 2014 Microsoft Research Award from the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF). The $40,000 award was granted for Mutlu’s project “Improving Datacenter Efficiency and Total Cost of Ownership with Differentiated Software Reliability Analysis and Techniques.”
April 15, 2014
Onur Mutlu (CMU) and co-authors Hyoseung Kim, Dionisio de Niz, Bjorn Andersson, Mark Klein, and Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar received the Best Paper Award at the 20th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), Berlin, Germany for their work on “Bounding Memory Interference Delay in COTS-based Multi-Core Systems.”
April 9, 2014
Samira Khan, an ECE post-doctoral researcher, presented a paper at the 2014 International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), during the Best Paper Session. Dr. Khan was lead author of “Improving Cache Performance by Exploiting Read-Write Disparity.” The paper introduces a new mechanism that takes into account the differences in the performance cost of read and write operations in processor caches. It shows that designing a cache that prioritizes cache blocks that serve the more critical read operations can significantly improve system performance.
March 10, 2014
Congratulations to Wolfgang Richter (CMU), Canturk Isci (IBM Research), Jan Harkes and Benjamin Gilbert (CMU), Vasanth Bala (IBM Research), and Mahadev Satyanarayan (CMU), who have won the International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) Best Paper Award for their paper entitled “Agentless Cloud-wide Streaming of Guest File System Updates.”
March 4, 2014
ICES (CMU’s The Institute for Complex Engineered Systems) has announced that Greg Ganger is the recipient of the 2014 Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research. He is the Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the director of the Parallel Data Lab.
The “Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research” is presented annually to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the College of Engineering and ICES. The awards were formally presented at the CIT Faculty Awards Reception this spring.
Ganger is being recognized for his significant contributions to computer systems, in particular for his work on soft updates and self-* storage systems.
Congratulations to ISTC students Justin Meza and Lavanya Subramanian, who were awarded a John and Claire Bertucci Fellowship. The Bertucci Fellowships are awarded to accomplished graduate students who are pursuing doctoral degrees, have passed their PhD qualifying exams and have been admitted to PhD candidacy. The fellowships provide financial support towards their studies and research.
February 26, 2014
“QuiltView: Glass-Sourced Video for Google Maps Queries,” a demo presented by Zhuo Chen, Wenlu Hu, Kiryong Ha, Jan Harkes, Benjamin Gilbert, Jason Hong, Asim Smailagic, Dan Siewiorek, and Mahadev Satyanarayanan, received the Best Demo Award at the 15th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile’14).
Anshul Gandhi (ISTC-CC alum) won the SPEC Dissertation award for his Ph.D. thesis, titled, “Dynamic Server Provisioning for Data Center Power Management,” awarded at the International conference on Performance Engineering in March 2014. The Research Group of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) selects the annual research prize to be awarded to a Ph.D. student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution in the scope of the SPEC Research Group. Anshul is starting his new position this September as an Assistant Professor at SUNY StonyBrook.
November 25, 2013
We are pleased to announce that 3 ISTC-CC faculty members have been selected as IEEE Fellows. Phillip Gibbons (Intel Labs Pittsburgh) was selected for contributions to parallel computing and databases; Garth Gibson (Carnegie Mellon University) was selected for contributions to the performance and reliability of transformative storage systems; and Sudhakar Yalamanchili (Georgia Institute of Technology) was selected for contributions to high-performance multiprocessor architecture and communication. Becoming an IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.
October 25, 2013
Congratulations to Joseph Gonzales (Advisor - Carlos Guestrin) who has been awarded the SCS Dissertation Award and nominated for ACM Outstanding Dissertation for his work on "Parallel and Distributed Systems for Probabilistic Reasoning".
September 18, 2013
In an effort to further cross-pollinate industry and academic research efforts, the Storage Developer Conference expanded its program this year to include a "New Thinking" track. A program committee of leading academic and industrial researchers compiled a list of 27 leading papers from the last year or two. The SNIA Technical Council then selected five of them to form this track at the conference.
Two ISTC-CC papers were among those on the list: "LazyBase: Trading Freshness for Performance in a Scalable Database" by James Cipar, Greg Ganger, Kimberly Keeton, Charles B. Morrey III, Craig A. N. Soules, and Alistair Veitch, originally published at Eurosys '12, discusses scalable database system is specialized for the growing class of data analysis applications that extract knowledge from large, rapidly changing data sets.
"GraphChi: Large-Scale Graph Computation on Just a PC" by Aapo Kyrola, Guy Blelloch and Carlos Guestrin, originally published at OSDI '12, proposes Parallel Sliding Windows (PSW), a novel method for efficiently processing large graphs from external memory (disk).
SEPT 16, 2013
Called the "Oscars of Innovation", the R&D 100 Awards recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.
Karsten Schwan and Matt Wolf (GA Tech) are co-recipients of the 2013 R&D100 award for Information Technologies for development of the ADIOS system for high performance I/O. The project was led by a research team at Oak Ridge National Labs, in collaboration with additional researchers at Rutgers Univ. and Sandia Labs.
-- Info from www.rdmag.com
JULY 31, 2013
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering, announced the winners of the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration ABIE Awards, to be presented at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) on October 5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ABIE Awards give the community of women technologists a chance to honor leaders in the categories of technology leadership, social impact, change agent, education, and emerging leader. Winners are nominated by their peers, and chosen by a panel of fellow technologists and past ABIE Award winners. This year, ABI received a record number of nominations for distinguished technologists in every category.
The ABIE Technical Leadership Award has been granted to Dr. Margaret Martonosi, Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. She is one of the foremost researchers in power-efficient computer architectures. Her work has greatly shaped computing's response to the grand challenge of power dissipation. In recent years she has also developed mobile sensing systems and mobile networking technologies specifically suited to the developing world.
-- Info from Marketwired
JULY 17, 2013
ISTC-CC faculty Karsten Schwan organized a panel on Management of Big Data Systems at the International Conference on Autonomic Computing in San Jose in June 2103, featuring speakers from many of the key 'big data' companies in the U.S. The well-attended panel's charge was as follows: "New challenges for managing 'big data' applications arise from new usage models now being envisioned and/or pursued by researchers and practitioners. Such usage models include 'spot market' pricing for virtual machines at Amazon, 'fast data' processing for online data queries, and real-time analytics for the expected exabyte-level outputs of future high performance machines. Coupled with such use cases are new opportunities derived from the potentially immeasurably large collective data volumes captured by end devices like smartphones, wearables, and others. The purpose of this panel is to identify and discuss the 'management' issues that arise for new cloud usage models and big data applications, and to describe new problems the community should investigate. A desired outcome is to find issues common to these multiple usages and environments, and to discover and investigate cross-cutting solutions."
A complete report on the panelists attending and their comments is available.
JULY 7, 2013
ISTC-CC researchers rely extensively on benchmarks for evaluating novel cloud computing infrastructure concepts and systems. To increase sharing within the ISTC community, as well as the wider community, we maintain a list of benchmarks that we have constructed and shared as well as a number of others that we have found useful.
JULY 1, 2012
Garth Gibson's long-running effort, in collaboration with Gary Grider of LANL and the New Mexico Consortium, to make a large-scale testbed available for systems researchers has come to fruition. Follow the link to find out how to apply for 1000 nodes for systems research experiments, via NSF's PROBe.
JUNE 21, 2013
Congratulations to Shicong Meng (nominated by Professor Ling Liu from the Georgia Institute of Technology) who has been awarded the 2012 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award, for hew resesarch on "Monitoring-as-a-Service in the Cloud." For the award, the Research Group of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) selects a Ph.D. student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution in the scope of the SPEC Research Group for the second time. Nine nominations were submitted and reviewed by the selection committee. The criteria for the selection are the overall contribution in terms of scientific originality, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation. The winner will receive $1000, which will be awarded at the ICPE 2013 International Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
-- with info from the SPEC Research Group News Room
JUNE 14, 2013
Karsten Schwan will be moderating the Management of Big Data Systems Panel at the 10th International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC'13) being held in San Jose from June 26-28. The panel's mission is to consider the new challenges for managing 'big data' applications that arise from new usage models now being envisioned and/or pursued by researchers and practitioners. Such usage models include 'spot market' pricing for virtual machines at Amazon, 'fast data' processing for online data queries, and real-time analytics for the expected exabyte-level outputs of future high performance machines. Coupled with such use cases are new opportunities derived from the potentially immeasurably large collective data volumes captured by end devices like smartphones, wearables, and others. The purpose of this panel is to identify and discuss the 'management' issues that arise for new cloud usage models and big data applications, and to describe new problems the community should investigate. A desired outcome is to find issues common to these multiple usages and environments, and to discover and investigate cross-cutting solutions. The panel will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm on June 27.
Congratulations to Wolf Richter, who will be receiving an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is a worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems of interest to IBM and which are fundamental to innovation including, innovative software, new types of computers, technology, and interdisciplinary projects that create social and business value. The 2013-2014 Fellowship begins in the fall semester of 2013 and covers the academic year; an associated internship may be a summer assignment in 2013 or 2014.
FEB 7, 2013
Onur Mutlu has been appointed the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career Professor in the top-ranked Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mutlu, who directs the SAFARI research group at CMU, says his group is researching how to make computing platforms and chips — from those used in mobile systems to those used in large-scale data centers — much more energy-efficient, predictable, robust and capable. A major focus of his group is developing microprocessors, computer memories and platforms that can efficiently, quickly and reliably store, manipulate and communicate massive amounts of data. To do this, Mutlu's group is rethinking how computer memory should be designed.
-- Carnegie Mellon 8.5x11 News, Feb. 7, 2013
FEB 7, 2013
Aapo Kyrölä, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, has been awarded a 2013 Graduate Fellowship from the VMWare Academic Program to support his work on large-scale machine learning and graph computation.
He is one of three recipients this year of the fellowship, which begins in September and includes a stipend of $35,000, plus full tuition and fees. The fellowship supports outstanding students who are pursuing research related to VMWare's business interests, such as core machine virtualization and work related to cloud computing.
Kyrölä's main research project is GraphChi, a disk-based system for computing efficiently on graphs with billions of edges, such as social networks or web graphs. By using a novel Parallel Sliding Windows algorithm, GraphChi is able to execute many advanced data mining, machine learning and recommendation algorithms using just a single consumer-level computer. GraphChi is part of the GraphLab project. Guy Blelloch, professor of computer science, and Carlos Guestrin, now at the University of Washington, are his advisers.
-- Carnegie Mellon 8.5x11 News, Feb. 7, 2013
FEB 7, 2013
Gennady Pekhimenko, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, is among 12 students of U.S. universities who are recipients of 2013 Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowships.
Pekhimenko's research focus is improving energy and performance characteristics of modern memory subsystems. In particular, he is applying new compression algorithms to on-chip caches and main memory to provide higher capacity with minimal hardware changes to existing designs.
The two-year fellowship covers all tuition and fees for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years and includes a travel allowance, the offer of a paid internship, and a $28,000 annual stipend.
-- Carnegie Mellon 8.5x11 News, Feb. 7, 2013
FEB 5, 2013
Congratulations to David Andersen and Michael Kaminsky for winning the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence!
The Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence is awarded (roughly) annually by the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. It recognizes an outstanding body of work that epitomizes Allen Newell's research style as expressed in his words: "Good science responds to real phenomena or real problems. Good science is in the details. Good science makes a difference."
David and Michael won the award for “Energy-efficient Data Intensive Computing” for their FAWN project, which is part of the Intel Science & Technology Center for Cloud Computing. FAWN (Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes) demonstrates how many low-power (e.g., Atom) nodes with SSDs provides significant energy-efficiency gains for important cloud workloads such as key-value stores, and how to redesign system software to get the maximum benefit from such platforms.
DEC 12, 2012
Congratulations to Soila Pertet Kavulya and co-authors Elmer Garduno, Jiaqi Tan, Rajeev Gandhi, and Priya Narasimhan, all of CMU, for winning Best Student Paper at 26th USENIX Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA'12), Dec 9-14, SanDiego, CA for their work on visualization for failure diagnosis in the paper "Theia: Visual Signatures for Problem Diagnosisi in Large Haddop Clusters."
DEC 11, 2012
Congratulations to Garth Gibson (CMU) and Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley), who have been named Class of 2012 ACM Fellows. Garth was cited for "contributions to the performance and reliability of storage systems." Ion Stoica was named for "contributions to networking, distributed systems, and cloud computing." The full list of awardees can be found here: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2012/fellows-2012.
DEC 8, 2012
In an example of how the collaborative efforts of Intel and the members of the Intel Science & Technology Center for Cloud Computing can produce important technology advancements, Intel has released beta open source software, called GraphBuilder, to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from Big Data. GraphBuilder is the first scalable open source library to take large data sets and construct them into "Graphs," web-like structures that outline relationships among data. For a more in-depth explanation of Graphlab and constructing graphs from Big Data, see Ted Willke's blog on the subject.
Several Tech News outlets have highlighted the release:
Intel's Open Source Technology Center has released GraphBuilder, an open source tool that you can use to create web-like structures for analyzing big data. GraphBuilder is a Java library for constructing graphs out of large datasets for data analytics and ...
Intel Open Sources Tool for Rapid Big Data App Development - ADT Magazine
Currently in beta, GraphBuilder is designed "to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from big data," said Connie Brown in an announcement on the Intel Web site. "Developed by Intel Labs, ...
Currently at beta stage release, GraphBuilder's Ronseal naming is appropriate enough given its ability to construct large-scale graphs for software system frameworks devoted to big data analysis. The tool also claims to be able to offloads many of the ...
Building graphs with Hadoop - The H
That's why Intel has announced the release of the open source GraphBuilder library, a tool that is meant to help scientists and developers working with large amounts of data build applications that make sense of this data. The library plugs into Apache ...
Intel said that its GraphBuilder tool would aim to fill a market void in the handling of big data for computer learning. Currently available as a beta release, the tool allows developers to construct large graphs which can then be used with big data analysis ...
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) launches a large data analysis tool ... - PT News (subscription)
It was explained by the company, “GraphBuilder” is designed to fill a market void in the usage of big data for computer learning. This tool is presently accessible as a beta release; it enables the developer make large graphs that can be used with large data ...
NOV 28, 2012
Carnegie Mellon University's Onur Mutlu has received the prestigious 2012 Intel Early Career Faculty Award for outstanding research and educational contributions in the field of computer architecture.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award as I work with my students and collaborators to develop fundamental breakthroughs to enable future computer systems that are much more efficient, resilient, predictable and economical," said Mutlu, an assistant professor in CMU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "We have been developing many new ways to solve efficiency, predictability and robustness problems and combat denial of service attacks so endemic in today's computer systems. My group aims to rethink the ways in which we design three fundamental functions of all computers, computation, storage (memory) and communication."
Intel's Early Career Faculty Honor Program award provides financial and networking support to those faculty members who are early in their careers and who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies. The purpose of the program is to help promote the careers of promising early career faculty members and to foster long-term collaborative relationships with senior technical leaders at Intel. The $40,000 award is designed to cover some research costs and travel.
"We are extremely pleased that Professor Mutlu is being recognized with this award. He is a uniquely talented researcher," said Ed Schlesinger, the Schramm Professor and head of CMU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Mutlu is pioneering developments in computer systems that will improve performance, lower production costs, as well as enhance programmer productivity."
Mutlu, who directs the SAFARI research group at CMU, reports that his group is developing microprocessors, computer memories and platforms that can efficiently and reliably store, manipulate and communicate massive amounts of data. Mutlu's group is designing systems to be resilient to potential cybersecurity attacks and failures by researching ways to make them much more robust and predictable.
A large focus of Mutlu's current research is on new memory architecture and technologies to make computers store and manipulate data more efficiently and reliably.
Mutlu's research has received several other prestigious recognitions, including numerous best paper awards and "Top Pick" paper selections by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Micro journal. In 2011, he received the Young Computer Architect Award from IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Computer Architecture. And in 2012, CMU's College of Engineering recognized him with the George Tallman Ladd Research Award.
Mutlu received his bachelor's degrees in computer engineering and psychology in 2000 from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in 2002 and a Ph.D. in 2006 in computer engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to CMU, Mutlu worked at Microsoft Research and spent summers at Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.
For more on Mutlu's research and publication work, visit the following links: http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~safari/, http://users.ece.cmu.edu/~omutlu/projects.htm, http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2011/august/aug8_mutluaward.html, and http://www.ece.cmu.edu/news/story/2012/02/ece_faculty_earn.html.
--CMU News, Nov. 28, 2012
NOV 12, 2012
It has been announced by the Sloan Foundation that they are giving CMU $400K over two years to develop a production-quality open-source implementation of " Olive." Olive is the project name for VM-based archiving of executable content in the cloud. Combined with a similar grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Science, this gives the project $800K over two years. The grant will support the technical development of a platform for archiving executable content and the environment in which it runs, as well as a plan for the institutionalization and ongoing sustainability of such an archive. The archived VM images will be executed "close to the user" --- at a native Linux client, or in a cloudlet with one-hop VNC to iOS/Android/Windows tablet or smartphone.
July 18, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Margaret Martonosi has been chosen the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science. Margaret's research interests include computer architectures and the hardware/software interface, particularly power-efficient systems, and embedded systems issues in mobile networks.
July 20, 2012
The recent First GraphLab Workshop on Large-scale Machine Learning brought together industry and academic professionals to explore the state-of-the-art on the development of machine-learning techniques for working with huge data sets. The GraphLab Workshop included about 320 participants and 15 talks and demonstrations on systems, abstractions, languages, and algorithms for large-scale data analysis. GraphLab is particularly suited to problems with dependencies in the data, which cannot be easily or efficiently separated into independent subproblems. The workshop also included the release of GraphLab 2.1, an updated abstraction that increases the scalability of GraphLab and GraphChi, which is able to solve Web-scale problems on a single personal computer. Several of the workshop's talks included announcements on new big data developments, including Intel's Ted Wilke's announcement of the development of GraphBuilder, which uses Hadoop to overcome the gap between unstructured data and the formation of the data's graph of dependencies. The workshop also featured several short discussions led by participants from Yahoo!, Twitter, Stanford University, Netflix, Pandora, IBM, and One Kings Lane.
MAY 25, 2012
A team from the ISTC for Cloud Computing--Babu Pillai, Michael Kaminsky, Mike Kozuch (Intel Labs), and Dave Andersen (CMU)--were announced winners in 3 categories of the 2012 JouleSort competition, setting new records for fewest joules needed to sort 108, 109, and 1010 records. The team used an Intel Core i7-2700K desktop processor, coupled with 16 Intel 710 Series SSDs to beat existing energy efficiency records in the 10GB, 100GB, and 1TB categories by 2.6% (their record from last year), 33%, and 729%, respectively. See http://sortbenchmark.org/ for further details.
MAY 15, 2012
We are pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Computer Science is Nikhil Khadke, for his work entitled "Transparent System Call Based Performance Debugging for Cloud Computing." Nikhil is advised by Priya Narasimhan.
MARCH 30, 2012
Garth Gibson and Randy Katz have been awarded the 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing, Industrial/Commercial Product Impact Category, by the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. The award is for outstanding papers published at least 10 years ago that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of dependable computing, and given for "A Case for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)," by D.A. Patterson, G.A. Gibson, and R.H. Katz, Proc. of 1988 ACM SIGMOD Int. Conf. on Management of Data, June 2, 1998. The groundbreaking paper introduced the concept of RAID, which rapidly became the common configuration paradigm for disks at all but the very low end of the server market. Its impact is primarily to industry where RAID was a truly disruptive technology. The RAID levels as defined in this paper persist to the present day. The paper familiarized development engineers who didn't normally work in the area of High Availability or Fault Tolerance with the concepts of improving reliability and availability through redundancy.
The award will be made at the 42nd Annual IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks Conference (DSN), Boston, MA, June 25-28, 2012.
-- info from http://www.dependability.org/articles/laprie/laprie2012.html
FEB 23, 2012
Onur Mutlu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has received the George Tallman Ladd Research Award. The G.T. Ladd award is made to a faculty member within the Carnegie Institute of Technology in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential. The award is in the form of a memento and an honorarium. More than one award may be made in each year and is made based on excellence in research as measured by scholarly publications, research program development, development of funding, and awards and other recognition. Congratulations Onur!
JAN 5, 2012
"Dave Andersen looked into a desk drawer filled with tiny computers. Each was no bigger than a hardback novel, and their chips ran no faster than 600 MHz. Built by a little-known company called Soekris Engineering, they were meant to be wireless access points or network firewalls, and that's how Andersen — a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon — used them in a previous research project. But that project was over, and he thought: "They've got to be good for something else."" [more]
Wired -- Jan 5, 2012
DEC 25, 2011
Many years later, CMU's seminal work on
distributed file systems continues to have huge impact on the field.
From AFS to Coda, CMU's work has laid a foundation atop which some of the
most popular cloud backup and sharing systems, such as Dropbox and iCloud,
are built. Check out this Wired article for more.
Wired -- December 25, 2011
DEC 8, 2011
Congratulations to Guy Blelloch, who has been made an ACM Fellow for his contributions to parallel computing. The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.
OCT 25, 2011
We are very pleased to announce that Garth Gibson's original RAID paper from SIGMOD 1988 --- "A Case for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks" by Patterson, Gibson and Katz --- was one of the four papers to be honored as a 2011 SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award paper. The award was made at the 23rd ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), October 23-26, 2011, Cascais, Portugal.
The SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award was instituted in 2005 to recognize the most influential Operating
Systems papers that were published at least ten years in the past. The Hall of Fame Award Committee consists of past program chairs from SOSP, OSDI, EuroSys, past Weiser and Turing Award winners from the SIGOPS community, and representatives of each of the Hall of Fame Award papers.
Intel Labs Invests $30M in the Future of Cloud and Embedded Computing with the Opening of Latest Intel Science and Technology Centers
AUG 3, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 3, 2011 – Aimed at shaping the future of cloud computing and how increasing numbers of everyday devices will add computing capabilities, Intel Labs announced the latest Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTC) for Cloud Computing Research and for Embedded Computing, both headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University.
The ISTC for Cloud Computing forms a new cloud computing research community that broadens Intel's "Cloud 2015" vision with new ideas from top academic researchers, and includes research that extends and improves on Intel's existing cloud computing initiatives. The center combines top researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California Berkeley, Princeton University, and Intel. The researchers will explore technology that will have has important future implications for the cloud, including built-in application optimization, more efficient and effective support of big data analytics on massive amounts of online data, and making the cloud more distributed and localized by extending cloud capabilities to the network edge and even to client devices.
In the future, these capabilities could enable a digital personal handler via a device wired into your glasses that sees what you see, to constantly pull data from the cloud and whisper information to you during the day -- telling you who people are, where to buy an item you just saw, or how to adjust your plans when something new comes up.
-- from Intel News Room, by Connie Brown
JUNE 30, 2011
Congratulations to Prof. M. Satyanarayanan (Satya), who was awarded the SIGMOBILE 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award "for pioneering a wide spectrum of technologies in support of disconnected and weakly connected mobile clients" at Mobisys 2011. He joins an illustrious group of previous winners, including Prof. Daniel P. Siewiorek in 2006, who received the award "for pioneering fundamental contributions to wearable and context-aware computing." The SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award is given for significant and lasting contributions to the research on mobile computing and communications and wireless networking.
FAWN TEAM Winner of 2011 10GB JouleSort Daytona and Indy categories
The FAWN team, a joint Intel-CMU group, including Padmanabhan Pillai, Michael Kaminsky, Michael A. Kozuch, Vijay Vasudevan, Lawrence Tan and David G. Andersen won the 2011 10GB JouleSort competition using a Sandy Bridge-based platform with Intel SSDs. For more details see FAWNSort: Energy-efficient Sorting of 10GB and the Sort Benchmark Home Page.
JUNE 23, 2011
ECE Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu has earned the inaugural IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture's Young Computer Architect Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of computer architecture in both research and education." The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of computer architecture by an individual who received their Ph.D. within six years of their nomination.
-- 8.5x11 News, June 23, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 49
JUNE 6, 2011
Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Carole-Jean Wu has won the Intel Corporation PhD Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The focus of her research (under the advising of Princeton Professor Margaret Martonosi) is on shared resource management for CMP systems. This fellowship is awarded to exceptional Ph.D. candidates engaging in innovative work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. In addition to the cash award, recipients of this fellowship are also prioritized for internship and hiring within the company.
SWAPNIL PATIL RECEIVES ACM STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD!
JUNE 4, 2011
Swapnil Patil, a PhD student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon, took first place in the graduate student category of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition Grand Finals. Patil received the award June 4 at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Jose, CA, for his development of a file system director service that scales to millions of files, which he presented at SC10, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. ACM's Student Research Program is sponsored by Microsoft Research to encourage students to pursue careers in computer science research, and to ensure the future of scientific discovery and innovation. The competitions, held at 13 major ACM Special Interest Group conferences within the last year, featured research projects produced by an international array of computer science graduate and undergraduate students. Winners from each of the SIG competitions were then eligible to compete in the Grand Finals.
THREE Mutlu Papers Named Top Picks
FEBRUARY 28, 2011
Three research papers co-authored by Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu have been published in a collection of 2010's most significant computer architecture papers, as chosen by IEEE Micro magazine. At the beginning of each year, the leading IEEE periodical in computer architecture and design selects 10–12 "Top Pick" computer architecture papers of the past year based on the publication's novelty and potential for long-term impact. Eleven were selected for 2010.
The first publication, "Aergia: Exploiting Packet Latency Slack in On-Chip Networks," highlights more efficient on-chip communication mechanisms. It introduces methods that identify messages critical for system performance in multicore systems and develops scheduling policies that take advantage of this information. The paper — co-written by Mutlu, Reetuparna Das (Intel), Chita Das (Penn State University), and Thomas Moscibroda (Microsoft Research) — originally appeared at the 37th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA). The Top Picks version of the paper is available here.
In the second Top Pick, "Data Marshaling for Multicore Architectures," Mutlu and colleagues from the HPS Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin develop hardware/software cooperative methods to reduce the performance overhead of remotely executing a code segment in a multicore system. The paper, co-written by Aater Suleman, Jose Joao, Khubaib, and Yale Patt, also originally appeared at the 37th ISCA. The Top Picks version of the paper is available here.
The third paper, "Thread Cluster Memory Scheduling: Exploiting Differences in Memory Access Behavior," presents a new memory scheduling algorithm that addresses system throughput and fairness separately with the goal of achieving the best of both. This paper, co-authored by Yoongu Kim, Michael Papamichael and Mor Harchol-Balter, appeared in the Proceedings of the 43rd International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), pages 65-76, Atlanta, GA, December 2010.
For more on Mutlu's work, visit www.ece.cmu.edu/~safari/.
--from ECE News, Feb 28, 2011
Sloan Fellowships for 2011 Announced
Congratulations to David Andersen has been named a 2011 Sloan Foundation Fellow. The complete list of awardees is here.
Gregory Ganger Earns ECE Professorship For Expertise In Computer Systems
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
Gregory R. Ganger was awarded the Stephen J. Jatras Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering for cutting-edge work in computer systems. The professorship is named for the late Stephen J. Jatras (E'47), former chairman of the Telex Corp. and a leader in a variety of academic, civic and community organizations stretching from Pittsburgh to Tulsa, OK.
Ganger, who recently testified in Washington, D.C., about the risks and benefits of cloud computing, is internationally recognized for his work in computer systems, such as storage systems, distributed systems and operating systems.
Since 2001, Ganger has served as director of the Parallel Data Lab (PDL), where he is collaborating with HP labs on a research initiative focused on cloud computing issues through the prestigious HP Labs Innovation Program. More than 50 students, staff and faculty contribute to PDL research activities, and 19 of the top companies sponsor and participate in the ongoing work.
"Greg is an outstanding researcher, educator and academic leader. His work addresses fundamental engineering challenges, and solves important problems even while he builds unique systems and organizations. He is a wonderful example of the spirit of Carnegie Mellon's culture of collaboration," said Ed Schlesinger, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
-- 8.5x11 News, Feb. 10, 2011 - Vol. 21, No. 30
BEST PAPER AWARD
AUGUST 15, 2010
Congratulations to M. Martonosi and her group for winning the best paper award for "Capping the Brown Energy Consumption of Internet Services at Low Cost" at the first International Green Computing Conference (IGCC), held in Chicago, IL in August 2010.
JUNE 30, 2010
In testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement, Gregory Ganger discussed the benefits and risks of using cloud computing.
Ganger, head of Carnegie Mellon's Parallel Data Lab and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said that cloud computing has the potential to provide large efficiency improvements for federal information technology (IT) functions. Cloud computing refers to computing that is based on the Internet, which allows computer users to share software, databases and other services that are provided or managed by other parties over the Web. This contrasts with personal computing, where all data storage and processing occurs within the user's computer and uses software loaded onto that computer.
Ganger recommended to federal officials that the government support both standardization and research/experimentation efforts in the pursuit of cloud computing's potential. He also noted that moving federal IT "to the cloud" will require significant technical and change management training for IT staff and managers as well as explicit information and effort sharing across a broad swath of federal agencies considering the use of cloud computing.
"Cloud computing is an exciting realization of a long-sought concept: computing as a utility. Pursuing judicious use for federal IT functions is important, given the large potential benefits," Ganger said.
-- from Carnegie Mellon Media Notification, June 30, 2010
August 10, 2011 - First Bell
Intel To Fund Research Centers At Carnegie Mellon University
August 9, 2011 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Intel to fund pair of research centers at CMU
August 3, 2011 - Forbes
Intel Invests For Everyone's Future
August 3, 2011 - Network World
Intel extends cloud research to consumer devices
August 3, 2011 - eWeek
Intel Invests $30 Million in Cloud, Embedded Research Centers
August 3, 2011 - San Jose Business Journal
Intel puts $30M into new science & tech centers
August 3, 2011 - Pittsburgh Business Times
Intel investing $30M in new centers at CMU
August 3, 2011 - EE Times
Intel tips more university research centers
August 3, 2011 - TechEye
Intel pumps $30 million into cloud research
August 3, 2011 - IT World
Intel Labs invests $30 million in the cloud, embedded computing
August 3, 2011 - Cloud IT Pro
Intel earmarks $30 million for new cloud centers