Frontiers in Computing Systems

The Working Group aims to explore the design, analysis and application of massive-scale computing systems for processing data, in the most general sense. The goal is to address the underlying systems aspects of Big Data—including data processing, storage and retrieval—which are central to some of the key research and societal challenges of the 21st Century.

The group is a nexus to connect (i) those who design and analyze high-performance computing systems for big data, and (ii) system users, from a variety of application areas. The former area includes researchers developing massively-parallel processors, energy-efficient hardware systems, distributed computing, software and databases, but also, in a broader view, those studying the brain. Several members are exploring and developing new parallel computing paradigms and architectures. The latter area includes those who need to process, store, retrieve, analyze and understand massive data sets, where computation and storage breakthroughs are essential. The goal is to have synergy and interaction between these two classes of researchers.

The group has a diverse set of members, working on systems research (computer science, electrical engineering, neuroscience) and application areas (oceanography, climate science, astronomy, physics, materials science, civil engineering, neuroscience, biomedical informatics and computational genomics). Many are working at the cutting edge of high-performance computing (HPC, i.e. scientific computing) and high-performance data analytics (HPDA, i.e. machine learning, pattern matching, and massive-scale search) applications. These two areas are recently melding, with key national initiatives to support both, and with data analytic techniques migrating into biological and physical computation problems.

In a simple view, most of science has become computational—many researchers need number crunching. But, in terms of application areas, this group is instead interested in problems where extreme-scale data processing is a central core of the research, and a critical bottleneck.

The working group aims to serve as the “thought leader,” and intellectual locus, at the university, for massive-scale systems research and applications.

COMMITTEE

Steven Nowick Professor of Computer Science (Chair)
Kyle Mandli Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (HPC Liaison)
Ryan Abernathey Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Earth Institute)
Greg Bryan Professor of Astronomy
Qiang Du Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Martha Kim Associate Professor of Computer Science
Kerstin Lehnert Senior Research Scientist in Marine Geology and Geophysics, Director of Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Earth Institute)
Robert Mawhinney Professor of Physics
Paul Sajda Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Gavin Schmidt Director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Affiliated Research Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Earth Institute)
Nicholas Tatonetti Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Eugene Wu Assistant Professor of Computer Science

AFFILIATED MEMBERS

Larry Abbott William Bloor Professor of Neuroscience, and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics,
Co-Director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
Keren Bergman Charles Batchelor Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering
Raimondo Betti Professor of Civil Engineering
Daniel Bienstock Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
David Blei Professor of Computer Science and Statistics
Mark Cane G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Earth Institute)
Luca Carloni Associate Professor of Computer Science
Stephen Edwards Associate Professor of Computer Science
Yaniv Erlich Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology, NY Genome Center
Stefano Fusi Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Roxana Geambasu Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kathryn Johnston Professor and Chair of the Department of Astronomy
David Keyes Adjunct Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Sitharthan Kamalakaran Director of Bioinformatics, Institute for Genomic Medicine
Aurel Lazar Professor of Electrical Engineering, Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Computation
Chris Marianetti Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Kenneth Ross Professor of Computer Science
Mingoo Seok Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Simha Sethumadhavan Associate Professor of Computer Science
Clifford Stein Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch Professor of Materials Science, and Earth and Environmental Sciences
Sebastian Will Assistant Professor of Physics
Rafael Yuste Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Co-Director of Neurotechnology Center


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