Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 11 am – 12 noon, SB 225
Title: Data-Aware Distributed Computing For Large-Scale Collaborative Science
Speaker: Dr. Tevfik Kosar
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Louisiana State University
Applications and experiments in all areas of science are becoming increasingly complex and more demanding in terms of their computational and data requirements. Some applications generate data volumes reaching hundreds of terabytes. Sharing, disseminating, and analyzing these large data sets becomes a big challenge, especially when distributed resources are used. The traditional distributed computing systems closely couple data handling and computation. They consider data resources as second class entities, and access to data as a side effect of computation. This makes the remote access and retrieval of data the main bottleneck in the end-to-end performance, reliability and automation of large-scale data-intensive and dynamic data-driven applications. The inadequacy of traditional distributed computing systems in dealing with complex data handling problem in our new data-rich world has motivated me to create a new computing paradigm called data-aware distributed computing. In my talk, I will present this new computing paradigm.
Biography: Dr. Tevfik Kosar is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana State University. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Dr. Kosar has received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kosar's main research interests lie in the cross-section of petascale distributed systems, eScience, Grids, Clouds, and collaborative computing with a focus on large-scale data-intensive distributed applications. He is the primary designer and developer of the Stork distributed data scheduling system which has been adopted by many national and international institutions, and the lead investigator of the state-wide PetaShare distributed storage network in Louisiana. He has published more than fifty academic papers in leading journals and conferences. Some of the awards received by Dr. Kosar include an NSF CAREER Award, LSU Rainmaker Award, LSU Flagship Faculty Award, Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, 1012 Corridor’s Young Scientist Award, College of Basic Science’s Research Award, and CCT Faculty of the Year Award.