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.

Prospectus

Announcement of the Establishment of the

National Science Foundation Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center

The University of Florida, The University of Arizona and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Director: Dr. Jose Fortes, 352-392-9265
Co-director: Dr. Salim Hariri, 520-621-4378
Dr. Manish Parashar, 732-445-5388

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.

Goals

  • To function as a multidisciplinary center of excellence in autonomic computing research fostering long-term collaborative partnerships amongst industry, academe, and government;
  • To discover, share and leverage synergies of concepts, technologies and resources needed by industry-relevant autonomic computing research in collaboration with CAC partners;
  • To educate a diverse body of students on the interdisciplinary field of autonomic computing;
  • To accelerate the creation and transfer of knowledge and technology for autonomic computing into industry and commercial products.

Benefits of Membership

CAC members are afforded access to leading-edge developments in autonomic computing and to knowledge accumulated by academic researchers and other industry partners. New members will join a growing list of founding members that currently includes BAE Systems, EWA Governemnt Systems, IBM, Intel, Merrill-Lynch, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop-Grumman, NEC, Raytheon, Xerox, Avirtech, Citrix, Imaginestics, and ISCA Technologies. Benefits of membership include: Collaboration with faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other center partners; Choice of project topics to be funded by members' own contributions; Formal periodic project reviews along with continuous informal interaction and timely access to reports, papers and intellectual property generated by the center; Access to unique world-class equipment, facilities, and other CAC infrastructure; Recruitment opportunities among excellent graduate students; Leveraging of investments, projects and activities by all CAC members; Professional networking with new customers or partners for competitive funding opportunities. Technical Scope Autonomic computing (AC) denotes a broad area of scientific and engineering research on methods, architectures and technologies for the design, implementation, integration and evaluation of special- and general-purpose computing systems, components and applications that are capable of autonomously achieving desired behaviors. AC systems use self-management techniques to enable independent operation, minimize cost and risk, accommodate complexity and uncertainty, or command systems of systems with large numbers of components. Hence, system integration and automation of management are important areas of research whose contexts subsume other AC research topics. These might include, to varying degrees, self-organization, self-healing, self-optimization (e.g., for power or speed), self-protection and other so-called self-* behaviors. CAC research activities involve several disciplines that impact the specification, design, engineering and integration of autonomic computing and information processing systems. These include design and evaluation methods, algorithms, architectures, information processing, software, mathematical foundations and benchmarks for autonomic systems. Solutions devised through CAC research are applicable to multiple levels of both centralized and distributed systems, including the hardware, network, storage, virtualization, middleware, service, and information layers. Collectively, the CAC universities have research and education programs whose strengths cover the technical areas of the center. Within this broad scope, the specific research activities will vary over time to adapt to the needs of center members and the evolution of the field of autonomic computing.

Personnel

Research at the CAC universities is undertaken by faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers from multiple disciplines including electrical engineering, computer engineering/science, and mechanical engineering. Industry and government partners are welcome to have researchers in residence at the Center or as temporary visitors to campus making use of its facilities. Administrative Structure The Director of the Center is Dr. José A. B. Fortes, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida (UF), and the Co-Directors are Dr. Salim Hariri, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA) and Dr. Manish Parashar, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) for CAC will be comprised of representatives from industry and government members and responsible for oversight of center activities, review of on-going and completed projects, as well as resource assignments for new projects. The University Policy Committee (UPC) will consist of administrators from each school and be responsible for support of various Center activities such as contractual issues and outreach. In addition to the faculty directors and investigators, CAC administration will include a staff member responsible for daily coordination with the overall Center mission and direct support of the needs of all member partners, along with staff support at each university site. Finally, NSF provides for an independent evaluator drawn from outside the participating academic departments and responsible for formal evaluation of the Center, its operations and processes, and its partnerships with industry and government.

Facilities

Major facilities in the advanced computing and information systems research labs at UF, UA and Rutgers will be leveraged and significantly expanded in support of the CAC Center. At present, facilities include cutting-edge computer systems and software infrastructure. The suite of facilities available to CAC members and researchers provides advanced and powerful research test-beds including hardware, system software and middleware mirroring state-of-the-art capabilities found in industry settings. Its unique capabilities include upwards of 500 computing nodes based on Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron, IBM Power and SUN Sparc systems; 50 Terabytes of storage; commercial and open-source OS software and middleware for virtualization, database management, Web-Services, grid computing, P2P computing, etc. CAC resources are locally and externally connected via high-speed networks.
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Funding

Per NSF guidelines, industry and government contributions in the form of annual CAC memberships ($35K/year per regular membership), coupled with baseline funds from NSF and university matching funds, directly support the Center's expenses for personnel, equipment, travel, and supplies. Memberships provide funds to support the Center's graduate students on a one-to-one basis, and thus the size of the annual membership fee is directly proportional to the cost of supporting one graduate student, while NSF and university funds support various other costs of operation. Multiple annual memberships may be contributed by any organization wishing to support multiple students and/or projects. The initial operating budget for CAC is projected to be approximately $1.5M/year, including NSF and universities contributions, in an academic environment that is very cost effective. Thus, a single regular membership is an exceptional value. It represents less than 3% of the projected annual budget of the Center yet reaps the full benefit of Center activities, a research program that could be significantly more expensive in an industry or government facility.