Raicu Receives NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ioan Raicu received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for "Avoiding Achilles' Heel in Exascale Computing with Distributed File Systems." Raicu will receive $450K over the next five years to fund his groundbreaking research in distributed storage systems for exascale computers.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty exemplifying the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Computers performing one quintillion operations per second (one exascale equals 1018 operations/sec) will help unravel significant scientific mysteries in domains that include weather modeling, national security, energy, and drug discovery. It is predicted that exascales in computing will be reached in 2019, by connecting millions of nodes that each perform computations. The goal of Raicu's research is to find ways to distribute storage across these nodes in a way (unlike current techniques) that will support exascale computing.