Two computer science and engineering faculty selected for HP program

July 12, 2010

Two faculty members from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering have been selected to participate in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Labs Innovation Research Program.

The faculty members are Anand Sivasubramaniam, professor of computer science and engineering, and Bhuvan Urgaonkar, assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

The program is designed to provide colleges, universities and research institutes around the world with opportunities to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.

The two will collaborate with HP Labs on a research initiative focused on shaving peak power consumption of datacenters. Sivasubramaniam has been one of the pioneers in power management of computer and storage systems and Urgaonkar has made several notable contributions to resource management of datacenters.

Energy consumption by datacenters is coming under increasing scrutiny due to electricity costs and its growing eco-footprint. Peak power consumption, even if a rare event during normal operation, has significant consequences on the cooling capacity as well as in the monthly tariffs paid to the electric utilities. The proposed research is expected to play a key role in alleviating both capital and operational expenditures of current and future datacenters.

HP reviewed more than 375 proposals from 202 universities across 36 countries for the program. Penn State is one of only 52 universities in the world to receive a 2010 Innovation Research award.

This year's proposals were solicited on a range of topics within the eight broad research themes at HP Labs ? analytics, cloud, content transformation, digital commercial print, immersive interaction, information management, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.

The HP Labs Innovation Research Program is designed to encourage open collaboration between HP and the academic community on mutually beneficial, high-impact research.

''Our goal with the HP Labs Innovation Research Program is to inspire the brightest minds from around the world to conduct high-impact scientific research, addressing the most important challenges and opportunities facing society in the next decade,'' said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs. ''Penn State has demonstrated outstanding achievement and we look forward to collaborating with it in this dynamic area of research.''

Sivasubramaniam has been a faculty member at Penn State since 1995, and is a recipient of several awards including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and three IBM Faculty fellowships.

Urgaonkar has been with Penn State since 2005 and is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.

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Last Updated July 13, 2010