Coskun and Sandia Team Up on Computing Research

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Assistant Professor Ayse Coskun (ECE)
Assistant Professor Ayse Coskun (ECE)


Sandia National Laboratories, headed by the United States Department of Energy, recently announced that they will partner with Assistant Professor Ayse Coskun (ECE) on high performance computing (HPC) research.

“Sandia has a strong group in HPC architectures and simulation,” said Coskun. “I expect we’ll learn a lot from their methodologies and tools.”

Sandia will award Coskun $83,000 over a one-year period to investigate the design and use of intelligent software management strategies. Coskun’s ultimate goal will be to construct a more resilient and energy-efficient high performance computer.

“We plan to design novel methods to simultaneously reduce energy and increase system reliability at HPC clusters,” said Coskun.

With part of Sandia’s funding, Coskun plans to hire a graduate student to help research how best to boost performance and improve system reliability of HPC clusters.

Sandia is the latest group to work with Coskun and her research team in an effort to improve the energy efficiency of computing systems. Over the last year, companies and organizations like the National Science Foundation, Oracle, VMware, and the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, have teamed up with them with this goal in mind.

This is the first time Coskun will work with Sandia in a funded project, but she is very familiar with their laboratories. Last summer, one of her students, Jie Meng (PhD ’13), worked as an intern at Sandia, where she researched detailed performance modeling of multicore systems.