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Research Spotlight: Computer Science and ECE Faculty Joint Effort Awarded NSF Grant

Joint Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty awarded an NSF grant to study Energy Efficient Data Centers -- CSR: Large: Storage Class Memory Architecture for Energy Efficient Data Centers. Bruce Childer (CS), Principal Investigator, will be working with Sangyeun Cho (Co-PI), Rami Melhem (Co-PI), Daniel Mosse' (Co-PI), Jun Yang (Co-PI), and Youtao Zhang (Co-PI). This project uses multiple technologies to construct a high-capacity, energy efficient memory system for virtualized computer servers with a new Storage Class Memory Architecture that incorporates multiple memory technologies such as DRAM, Phase-change memory (PRAM) and Flash.

This project is ambitious with fundamental and applied contributions in the design and development of energy-efficient computer servers. The fundamental contributions include: a new integrated memory architecture that seamlesly manages hybrid memory resources; novel algorithms and policies for energy, performance and endurance management; better understanding of the hypervisor's roll in resource management and its interaction with upper and lower system layers; and a new hybrid DRAM and PRAM main memory controller. The applied contribution is in the form of tools that will be developed and disseminate, including simulations, analytic models and actual software/emulated hardware system.

This research represents a new "green computing technology" that satisfies the demands of future computing systems (e.g., cloud computing, server farms, commodity computers) in an exceptionally low energy manner. The project impacts undergraduate and graduate students through research opportunities and industry internships and aims to recruit people from under-represented groups in computer science and computer engineering.

You can find more information about the principal investigator's and co-investigators' research projects from their web pages.

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