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Balancing Power and Storage Demands is the Goal
March 18, 2008

Ali R. Butt, an assistant professor of computer science in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, has received a $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for creative junior faculty who are considered to be future leaders in their academic fields.

The goal of Dr. Butt’s CAREER research is to address the increasing performance gap between computing power and storage technology, especially for high-performance computing environments.

Modern scientific computations often require analysis of information from a large number of devices, such as measurements from temperature and humidity sensors distributed across a region for monitoring the climate and forecasting environmental impacts. These complex applications require powerful computing resources and entail managing an ever-growing amount of data.

Employing a Scalable Hierarchical Framework, which is designed to provide reliable high-performance storage, Dr. Butt is attempting to develop a data storage framework attuned to the ever-increasing demands of modern high-performance computing environments. If he is successful, this framework will bridge the gap between modern computing power and storage, and will support efficient and reliable data management.

Dr. Butt is director of Virginia Tech’s Distributed Systems and Storage Laboratory, where research is focused on tailoring next-generation storage and file systems for the growing data demands of modern high-performance computing applications.

Before joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 2006, Dr. Butt completed his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan.

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