When Bits meet Joules: A view from data center operations' perspective


Prof. Xue Liu (McGill University, CAN)

07.04.2016, 13:50, room 4981


The past decade has witnessed the rapid advancement and great success ofinformation technologies. At the same time, new energytechnologies including the smart grid and renewables have gainedsignificant momentum. Now we are in a unique position to enable the twotechnologies to work together and spark new innovations.In this talk, we will use data center as an example to illustrate theimportance of the co-design of information technologies and new energytechnologies. Specifically, we will focus on how to design cost-savingpower management strategies for Internet data center operations. Wewill conclude the discussion with future work and directions.


Xue (Steve) Liu is a William Dawson Scholar and an Associate Professorin the School of Computer Science at McGill University. He receivedhis Ph.D. in Computer Science (with multiple distinctions) from theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also worked as theSamuel R. Thompson Chaired Associate Professor in the University ofNebraska-Lincoln and at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. His researchinterests are in computing systems and communication networks,cyber-physical systems, and smart energy technologies. His researchappeared in top venues including Mobicom, S&P (Oakland), Infocom, ACMMultimedia, ICNP, RTSS, RTAS, ICCPS, KDD, ICDE, etc., and receivedseveral best paper awards.Dr. Liu's research has been reported by news media including theNew York Times, IDG/Computer World, The Register, Business Insider,Huffington Post, CBC, NewScientist, MIT Technology Review's Blog etc.He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer ScienceResearcher Prizes from the Canadian Association of Computer Science,and a recipient of the Tomlinson Scientist Award from McGill University.He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions of ParallelandDistributed Systems (TPDS), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology(TVT), and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (COMST).