The University of Florida , the University of Arizona and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey , have established a national research center for autonomic computing (CAC).

This center is funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program of the National Science Foundation, CAC members from industry and government, and university matching funds.

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CAC Seminar: Scheduling and Management of Data Intensive Application Workflows in a Cloud (10/19/2011)

Rutgers CAC welcomes Dr. Suraj Pandey, research fellow at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. Dr. Pandey will speak on novel approaches to workflow management and scheduling specifically as applied to data intensive cloud- and grid-based computing, and other topics of research at CSIRO.

Nowadays, scientific experiments are being conducted in collaboration with teams that are dispersed globally. They share data and utilize distributed resources for conducting experiments. As a result, scientific data are replicated and cached at distributed locations around the world. These data are part of application workflows, which are designed for reducing the complexity of executing and managing large applications on distributed computing environments. In order to execute these workflows in time and cost efficient manner, a workflow management system must take into account the presence of multiple data sources in addition to distributed computing resources provided by platforms such as Grids and Clouds.

Building upon existing workflow management concepts, Dr. Pandey will present workflow scheduling algorithms specifically designed for managing data intensive applications in a Cloud. These algorithms are evaluated using several real world applications - such as image registrations for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Gravitational wave search as workflow, distributed intrusion detection, and so forth. Dr. Pandey will share his experience executing these experiments using Amazon Cloud services.

The talk also introduces CSIRO ICT centre, the national government body for scientific research in Australia. Following the presentation on efforts in Cloud Computing at CSIRO, the talk will touch on possibilities of collaborative research.

Dr Suraj Pandey is a research fellow at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. Before joining CSIRO, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His PhD thesis focused on scheduling data intensive application workflows on Grid and Cloud computing environments.

His research spans many areas of high performance computing, including data intensive applications, workflow scheduling, resource provisioning, and accelerating scientific applications using distributed computing paradigms. He has been participating in international software competitions and has been awarded in several occasions by industry leaders such as Amazon and Microsoft.

Currently, at CSIRO, Dr Pandey is working on projects related to the scalability of PaaS in Cloud computing, Business Process Management, and prediction techniques.

Speaker: Dr. Suraj Pandey, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 02:00 PM
Venue: Room 538, CoRE Bldg., Busch Campus - Piscataway, NJ

More details concerning Dr. Pandey's work may also be found at:
http://www.ict.csiro.au/staff/suraj.pandey
http://www.cloudbus.org/spandey

CPS lab's research on resource provisioning in mobile grids features on International Science Grid this Week (isgtw), October 2011

Feature article published at http://www.isgtw.org/feature/research-report-fare-share-mobile-grid-computing

CAC Seminar on Friday 23 September 2011

Rutgers CAC is proud to announce a seminar consisting of three talks given by researchers associated with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, Maryland and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, New York. The talks will address issues in computer security and software engineering strategies and techniques.

Dr. Robert F. Erbacher (ARL) will speak about intrusion detection techniques, and how existing techniques fall short of their goals. Additionally, Dr. Erbacher will touch on closely-related topics such as report automation, forensic techniques, visualization as applied to computer security, and explore several innovative modeling techniques intended to represent security in general, and intrusion detection in particular.

Mike Corley (Quanterion Solutions Inc./AFRL) will speak about using abstraction as a tool to assist software engineers and designers. Specifically, Mike will detail how to properly and effectively employ abstraction, and the design approaches that are needed to facilitate its application.

Michael Weir (Quanterion Solutions Inc./AFRL) will speak about partitioning and how it applies to real-world systems. Particular attention will be paid to automated partitioning and its pitfalls, how and why we can better partition complex systems, and especially how to make this process more fruitful and less awkward.

All three speakers would like to interact with students after the conclusion of their talks. Students will have opportunities to share their research interests, and learn about what ARL and AFRL (and more broadly, DoD in general) are seeking to accomplish.

Please click on a speaker's name to view an abstract of their talk.
Speakers: Dr. Robert F. Erbacher (ARL), Mike Corley (Quanterion Solutions/AFRL), and Michael Weir (Quanterion Solutions/AFRL)
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Venue: Room 538, CoRE Bldg., Busch Campus - Piscataway, NJ

Additionally, ARL is interested in filling several post-doctoral positions in the cyber security domain:
ORAU: http://www.orau.org/arlpostdocfellowship/applicants/cisd/cisd-science_cyber_security.html
NRC: http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=76&ROPCD=763602&RONum=B7556
Finally, ARL intends to hire coops and interns extensively. This is particularly for summer 2012, but can also potentially include the academic year.

CAC Seminar: High Performance & Grid Computing at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (08/05/2011)

Speaker: Professor Dieter Kranzlmüller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Muenchen (LMU)
Date: Friday, August 05, 2011, 11:00 AM
Venue: Room 538, CoRE Bldg., Busch Campus - Piscataway, NJ
To view the seminar notice in pdf format click here.

New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering and Technology Project on "Autonomic Data Center Thermal Management" (July 2011)

The 2011 Governor's School of Engineering and Technology Research Symposium was held on Friday, July 22nd, 2011. Prof. Manish Parashar and Dr. Ivan Rodero from TASSL mentored a group of four of New Jersey's most talented and motivated high school students (Sarah Anne Coe, Eric Principato, Omar Rizwan and Katherine Ye) who developed the project "Autonomic Data Center Thermal Management". This project, which addresses one of the most important problems in the management of modern data centers, is part of the educational activities of the GreenHPC initiative (http://nsfcac.rutgers.edu/GreenHPC) at TASSL and CAC.

ORNL ADIOS Team Releases Version 1.3 of Adaptive Input/Output System (July 2011)

ADIOS 1.3 collaborators include researchers from TASSL.
Feature article published at HPC Wire

Blue Gene sniffs for Black Gold in the Cloud thanks to Rutgers, IBM, and UT Austin (June 2011)

Dr. Manish Parashar describes the winning supercomputing as a service project that demonstrates how to connecting two IBM Blue Gene/P systems in two different continents to form a large HPC cloud using the CometCloud framework.
Feature article published at HPC in the Cloud (http://www.hpcinthecloud.com/)

iCode/CometCloud wins the 2011 IEEE SCALE Challenge (May 2011)

A multi-institutional team consisting of The Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center (Rutgers University), IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Center for Subsurface Modeling (The University of Texas at Austin) was awarded first place in the IEEE SCALE 2011 Challenge for their demonstration titled "A Scalable Ensemble-based Oil-Reservoir Simulations using Blue Gene/P-as-a-Service". The project team was led by Professor Manish Parashar and consisted of Moustafa AbdelBaky and Hyunjoo Kim (CAC, Rutgers Univ.), Kirk Jordan, Hani Jamjoom, Vipin Sachdeva, Zon-Yin Shae and James Sexton (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), and Gergina Pencheva, Reza Tavakoli, and Mary F. Wheeler (CSM, UT Austin).
More information can be found at http://nsfcac.rutgers.edu/icode/scale/

Prof. Manish Parashar named co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS)

The ACM Publications Board has voted to confirm Prof. Manish Parashar as the next co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS). His co-Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Franco Zambonelli of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
This is a 3 year appointment. ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems is the premiere journal focused on foundational, engineering, and technological aspects of computing systems exhibiting emergent, autonomic and adaptive behavior.

Article published in The Daily Targum - April 2011

Researchers from NSF CAC at Rutgers developed a wireless sensor project that detects human motion and can further medical research. The article "Sensors aim to monitor smoker activity" has been published in The Daily Targum.

Moustafa Abdelbaky has be awarded the IBM Ph.D. fellowship (February 2011)

Congratulations to Moustafa AbdelBaky for being awarded the prestigious and highly competitive IBM Ph.D. fellowship. He was among a small set of 2011 awardees selected from several hundred nominations worldwide. Moustafa is pursuing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Manish Parashar and is a member of the Center for Autonomic Computing and the Applied Software Systems Laboratory. His research is focused on developing an infrastructure to provide HPC as-a-service (HPC Clouds) for HPC applications such as oil reservoir management and CO2 sequestration. He recently presented a poster and demo titled "Cloudy with a Chance of Supercomputing: A Framework for Enabling Supercomputing Resources as HPC Clouds", at SC10 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November, 2010. More information about the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship can be found at https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/phdfellowship/ More information about the iCode framework can be found at http://nsfcac.rutgers.edu/icode/

TASSL at SC10 in New Orleans with technical contributions and demos (November 13-19, 2010)

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) researchers visit TASSL and CAC (Octoboer 22, 2010)

TASSL participate in at the ACS-ITO Symposium with Xerox. The demo was "Cloud Bursting and Analytics", which was focused on the analysis of a business intelligence dataset using hybrid clouds (October 10-13, 2010)

TASSL researchers involved in Cloud computing research in collaboration with IBM and FIU in the context of the Latin American Grid partnership ( more info)

The rise of autonomic computing - International Science Grid This Week (iSGTW)

Green Computing Workshop - May 4, 2009

As part of the Green Computing Initiative, CCC will host an investigative workshop aimed at identifying opportunities and for cross-disciplinary research synergies and collaborations at Rutgers. For information, please visit the registration page.

Spring 2009 CAC Meeting

The Spring 2009 CAC meeting will be held at Rutgers University on April 14 & 16. Info and registration is available here.

The Fall 2008 CAC meeting was held at the Biosphere 2, hosted by the University of Arizona site, on November 5-6 2008.

New: The Rutgers Green Computing Initiative

This research initiative will explore conceptual and technological research opportunities necessary to realize green computing and fundamentally address the challenges such as energy conservation, resources efficiency, and autonomic management and control through technologies such as virtualization, autonomic/self management, thermal and power awareness. See http://nsfcac.rutgers.edu/greencomputing/ for futher information.

CAC Announcement from NSF

Read the full NSF announcement of the CAC project here.