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  • HPDC - HPDC (High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing) is one of the most prestigious conferences for large scale compute research. The single track program is exceptionally competitive requiring papers effectively communicate with a broader audience rather than just other researchers within your niche.
  • Karsten Schwan - Karsten Schwan was a Regent's Professor of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Karsten worked in all areas of the system software stack for enterprise and scientific computing. The most defining attribute of how Karsten worked was that he generally was about 5 years ahead of what the community was thinking about. His work would explore topics that would push into new areas.
  • Meaning for this naming award - The naming of the HPDC Best Paper award for Karsten Schwan is more than a memorial for someone dedicated to the HPDC community. It is also a way to say that the work would meet Karsten's standards in that it is pushing boundaries beyond what most think at the time, but will ultimately serve as groundbreaking for new research areas.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

Appointment Available Immediately

One Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the area of advanced computer architecture is available immediately in the Scalable Computing Software (SCS) Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Candidates with knowledge in memory systems and parallel processing will be preferred. A successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in computer science/engineering, or related area, have an in-depth understanding of computer architecture and have experience and skills in computer simulation tools, such as GEM5, with a proven capacity for research. The compensation is competitive.

The SCS lab has received a large US NSF grant to lead a multi-institution, multi-year research project in developing Deep Memory-Storage Hierarchy (DMSH) systems for solving data intensive applications. While the majority of the DMSH project is to accelerate I/O performance via DMSH, this position is on exploratory research on memory systems, focusing on utilizing architecture potential to support the best performance of DMSH systems. Interested applicants please contact Professor Sun ( with a complete professional CV. 

The Department of Computer Science at IIT offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and has research strengths in high performance computing (HPC), distributed systems, data science, and algorithms. Based on the CS ranking in College Factual, the department’s HPC program is ranked No. 15 in the nation. The department has strong connections to Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Laboratory, and to local industry. IIT, located within 10 minutes of downtown Chicago, is a dynamic and innovative institution.

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Aug, 2016

Congratulations! Dr. Xian-He Sun has received the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Certificate from the IEEE Computer Society President 2016, Roger U. Fujii 

Aug, 2016

Congratulations! Adnan Haider is one of the three finalists of the 2016 ACM Student Research Competition Award in Undergraduate Category, Advisor: Xian-He Sun

June, 2016

Y. Chen, C. Chen, Y. Yin, Xian-He Sun, R. Thakur, and W. Gropp have received the Best Paper Award of the 14th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA 2016)

The paper is entitled "Rethinking High Performance Computing System Architecture for Scientific Big Data Applications". Plaque, Award. More information can be found here.

Jan, 2016

Dr. Xian-He Sun's sluice gate theory is reported by Communication of China Computer Federation (CCCF)

More information can be found here (in Chinese).

Dec, 2015

Adnan Haider has been selected as a finalist for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Male Researcher Award for PhD-granting institutions 2016

More information can be found here.

Nov, 2015

Adnan Haider won First Place Award for ACM Student Research Competition of SC 15

More information can be found here. Here is a picture of the award ceremony.

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