DataSys: Data-Intensive Distributed Systems LaboratoryData-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory

Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Computer Science

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2nd Greater Chicago Area System Research Workshop (GCASR) 2013

Northwestern University, Evanston IL -- May 3rd, 2013


General Chairs

Ioan RaicuDr. Ioan Raicu Dr. Ioan Raicu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), as well as a guest research faculty in the Math and Computer Science Division (MCS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). He is also the founder (2011) and director of the Data-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory (DataSys) at IIT. He has received the prestigious NSF CAREER award (2011 - 2015) for his innovative work on distributed file systems for exascale computing. He was a NSF/CRA Computation Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University in 2009 - 2010, and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Ian Foster in March 2009. He is a 3-year award winner of the GSRP Fellowship from NASA Ames Research Center. His research work and interests are in the general area of distributed systems. His work focuses on a relatively new paradigm of Many-Task Computing (MTC), which aims to bridge the gap between two predominant paradigms from distributed systems, High-Throughput Computing (HTC) and High-Performance Computing (HPC). His work has focused on defining and exploring both the theory and practical aspects of realizing MTC across a wide range of large-scale distributed systems. He is particularly interested in resource management in large scale distributed systems with a focus on many-task computing, data intensive computing, cloud computing, grid computing, and many-core computing. Over the past decade, he has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, books, theses, and dissertations, which received over 2100 citations. His H-index is 19 , G-Index is 45, and E-Index is 37. His work has been funded by the NASA Ames Research Center, DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, the NSF/CRA CIFellows program, and the NSF CAREER program. He has also founded and chaired several workshops, such as ACM Workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers (MTAGS), the IEEE Int. Workshop on Data-Intensive Computing in the Clouds (DataCloud/DataCloud-SC), and the ACM Workshop on Scientific Cloud Computing (ScienceCloud). He is on the editorial board of the Springer Journal of Cloud Computing Advances, Systems and Applications (JoCCASA), as well as a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), the Scientific Programming Journal (SPJ), and the Journal of Grid Computing (JoGC). He has been leadership roles in several high profile conferences, such as HPDC, CCGrid, Grid, eScience, and ICAC. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM. More information can be found at,,, his long CV or short NSF-style CV.  

Nikos HardavellasDr. Nikos Hardavellas is the June and Donald Brewer Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. His research interests include parallel computer architecture, memory systems, runtime environments, optical interconnects, elastic fidelity computing, design for dark silicon, and data-oriented software architectures. Prior to joining Northwestern University, he contributed to the design of several generations of Alpha processors and high-end multiprocessor servers at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), Compaq Computer Corp., and Hewlett-Packard. He became a Searle Fellow in 2012, and received an IEEE Micro Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences in 2009, a Best Demonstration Award in ICDE 2006, and a Technical Award for Contributions to the Alpha Microprocessor from Compaq Computer Corp. in 2000. Nikos holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Steering Committee