Auburn computer science professor wins NSF CAREER award

Published: Sep 30, 2009 10:58:00 AM
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Xiao Qin

Xiao Qin, assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, has been recognized as the university's latest National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Development CAREER award winner. NSF CAREER awards recognize outstanding young faculty who are international leaders through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their institutions.

Qin has been awarded $400,000 for his research, "Multicore-Based Parallel Disk Systems for Large-Scale Data-Intensive Computing." This five-year award will allow Qin and his research group at Auburn to develop novel architectures for parallel disk systems where significant multicore processing power and memory are integrated into parallel disk drives.

"We are so pleased to have Xiao's accomplishments recognized with this important CAREER award," said Kai Chang, Alumni Professor and chair of computer science and software engineering.

If successful, Qin's research will provide the first parallel disk system in which large parts of data and input/output processing are offloaded to multicore processors embedded in disk drives. Qin will bridge the technology gap between multicore computing and parallel disk systems by addressing fundamental issues of multicore computing, data processing and performance analysis for data-intensive computing systems. He will also address design issues from low level disk architecture all the way up to data processing algorithms, thereby gaining new experience in how low-level disk facilities affect high-level application programming interfaces. Qin plans to implement a toolkit to design and analyze hardware and software components for multicore-based parallel disk systems.

As part of his CAREER award, Qin will establish a storage systems laboratory to design real-world data-intensive systems. In addition, he will develop courses on the subjects of multicore programming, storage systems and data-intensive computing.

"Qin will utilize our department's infrastructure as a channel to recruit underrepresented minority and female students," said Chang. "He is motivating and retaining minority students to conduct research in the area of storage systems and energy conservation technology."

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