NSF Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center (CAC) & University Cooperative Research Center

Project Leaders & Expertise

Texas Tech University

Name Contact
Alan Sill, Co-Director

The Site Director and Principal Investigator for the CAC@TTU is Dr. Alan Sill, who also holds positions at Texas Tech as Interim Senior Director in the High Performance Computing Center and Adjunct Professor of Physics. He is currently Vice President (Standards) for Open Grid Forum (OGF) and is active several other standards organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Telecommunications Management Forum (TM Forum), and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF). Through his role in OGF, Dr. Sill participates in international and national-scale cloud standards road-mapping efforts in organizations such as the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the International Telecommunications Union Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and the International Standards Organization (ISO). He has helped to launch several large-scale cloud and grid computing projects, including the Open Science Grid (OSG), Southeastern Universities Research Association SURAgrid, and Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Grid. He leads cloud interoperability testbed projects within the US NSF Chameleon, CloudLab and XSEDE research facilities and is one of the organizers for the ongoing Cloud Plugfest series of hands-on developer-oriented cloud testing conferences. Further biographical information for Dr. Sill is available on EDUCAUSE.

Contact: 806.834.5940, alan.sill@ttu.edu

Ravi Vadapalli, Site Director

Site Director Dr. Ravi Vadapalli is a Research Scientist in High Performance Computing and Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He has extensive experience in advanced distributed computing, research development in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas through data intensive computing. Dr. Vadapalli was one of the principal members of the developer team for the Texas Internet Grid for Research and Education (TIGRE), and led the demonstration of grid and cloud computing methods for the Petroleum Engineering Grid (PEGrid). He has also been deeply involved in development of methods for use of advanced high performance computing for simulation and modeling in cancer radiotherapy and other related applications. Dr. Vadapalli is a frequent speaker on these topics to a variety of professional industry-based and academic organizations. His current interests are in fostering new collaborations, industry-academia partnerships and grant opportunities that enhance the visibility and leadership of Texas Tech University in higher education.

Contact: 806.834.5941, ravi.vadapalli@ttu.edu

Yong Chen, Associate Site Director

Associate Site Director Dr. Yong Chen is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He leads the Data-Intensive Scalable Computing Laboratory (DISCL) at Texas Tech University, and has broad research interests in parallel and distributed computing, high performance computing, cloud computing, computer architectures and systems software. The focus of his recent work has been on building scalable computing systems for data-intensive applications in high-performance scientific computing and high-end enterprise computing. His group also has extensive expertise in hardware and software methods for data-intensive computing, and has made advances in hardware technologies for improving scalability and efficiency of scientific computing capabilities and Big Data applications, including dynamic active methods for high performance I/O in storage systems. Dr. Chen has co-chaired and served on the program committees of several recent conferences in data-intensive scalable computing systems and programming models for parallel computing, systems software, and cluster, grid and cloud computing. He led the Student Cluster Competition team for Texas Tech University at the 2012 ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference.


Contact: 806.742.3527, yong.chen@ttu.edu

University of Arizona

Name Contact
Salim Hariri, Co-Director

Salim Hariri is a professor and University of Arizona site director of the NSF-funded Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing. He founded the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC) and is the co-founder of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing. Professor Hariri serves as editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Cluster Computing, which presents 'research and applications in parallel processing, distributed computing systems and computer networks." Additionally, he co-authored and three books on autonomic computing, parallel and distributed computing (highlighted above), and edited Active Middleware Services, a collection of papers from the second annual AMS workshop published by Kluwer in 2000.

Contact: (520) 621-4378, hariri@ece.arizona.edu

Ali Akoglu, Site Director

Dr. Ali Akoglu is the director of the Reconfigurable Computing Lab, UA site director of the NSF Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing, and director of the NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Center. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Arizona State University in 2005. Dr. Akoglu is an expert in high performance scientific computing and parallel computing with a primary focus on restructuring computationally challenging algorithms for achieving high performance on field programmable gate array (FPGA) and graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware architectures. He has been involved in many crosscutting collaborative projects with the goal of solving the challenges of bridging the gap between the domain scientist and highly-parallel hardware architectures under the umbrella of organizations such as the BIO5 Institute and iPlant Collaborative. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Air Force, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Army Battle Command Battle Laboratory, and industry partners such as Nvidia and Huawei.

Contact: (520) 626-5149, akoglu@ece.arizona.edu

Mississippi State University

Name Contact
Sherif Abdelwahed, Site Director at Mississippi State University

Sherif Abdelwahed is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Mississippi State University where he teaches and conducts research in the area of computer engineering, with specific interests in embedded systems, self-managing systems, distributed systems, computer architecture, model-integrated computing, and formal verification of digital systems. He received his Ph.D in 2002 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor W. M. Wonham. Prior to joining Mississippi State University, he was a research assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and senior research scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University, from 2001-2007. From 2000-2001 he worked as a research scientist with the system diagnosis group at the Rockwell Scientific Company. Dr. Abdelwahed has more than 110 publications and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Contact: (662) 325 6903, sherif@ece.msstate.edu