Simulation Driven Tools for Efficient Data Center Management

Event type: 
Guest lecture
Event time: 
03.03.2015 - 14:15 - 15:00
Lecturer : 
Prof. Ali R. Butt (Virginia Tech.)

Associate professor Ali R. Butt (Virginia Tech.) will give a guest lecture on "Simulation Driven Tools for Efficient Data Center Management" on Tuesday, March 3 at 14:15-15 in Exactum room C222.


Hadoop/MapReduce has emerged as a model of choice for supporting modern data-intensive applications, and is a key enabler for cloud computing. Setting up and operating a large MapReduce cluster entails careful evaluation of various design choices and run-time parameters to achieve high efficiency. However, this design space has not been explored in detail. In this talk, I will discuss a simulation approach to systematically understanding the performance of MapReduce setups. I will discuss how simulations can be used to build a foreseeing tool for managing data center resources. I will also present MRPerf, a toolkit that captures such aspects of MapReduce setups as node, rack and network configurations, disk parameters and performance, data layout and application I/O characteristics, among others, and uses this information to predict expected application performance. The overall goal is to realize tools for efficient data center management.



Ali is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2006. Ali is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2008), an IBM Faculty Award (2008), a VT College of Engineering (COE) Dean's award for "Outstanding New Assistant Professor" (2009), an IBM Shared University Research Award (2009), and NetApp Faculty Fellowships (2011, 2015). Ali was named a VT COE Faculty Fellow in 2013. He has served as the Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2013--present) and Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (2010--present). He was selected to participate in National Academy of Engineering's USFOE Symposium in 2009, USJFOE in 2012, and also as an organizer for the USFOE in 2010. Ali's research interests are in operating systems, distributed systems, file and storage systems, and cloud computing. At Virginia Tech he leads the Distributed Sy!

24.02.2015 - 17:15 Tiina Niklander
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