From Online Cloud Services to Underlying Datacenter Optimization: Bridging Theory and Practice

Thursday, 21st March 2013, 10:00 am (SCE Meeting Room)
Speaker: Dr. Fangming Liu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
Title: From Online Cloud Services to Underlying Datacenter Optimization: Bridging Theory and Practice

Cloud computing and cloud storage upon large-scale datacenters (DCs) and/or content delivery networks (CDNs), are becoming the new paradigm of multiplexing and managing massive computing, storage and networking resources as utility, which host a wide range of Internet-scale applications/services. In this talk, we follow a "Top-Down Approach" to explore not only practical deployment of cloud-based online systems at the service-level spectrum (such as online content hosting and video streaming), but also underlying datacenter optimization problems at the infrastructure-level spectrum (such as datacenter power-performance tradeoff and multi-tenants network sharing). Concrete case studies and research results will be illustrated to bridge theory and practice, so as to foster comprehensive brainstorming and cross-discipline research collaboration between Dr. Fangming Liu's group and NTU.


Dr. Fangming Liu is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China; and he is awarded as the Chutian Scholar of Hubei Province, China. Since 2012, he has also been invited as a StarTrack Visiting Young Faculty in Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Beijing. He received his B.Engr. degree in 2005 from Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2011. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the IEEE GLOBECOM’2011 and the Best Paper Nominee Award from the IEEE CloudCom'2012. In 2007, he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2009 to 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada.

He is leading a young yet cutting-edge research group "Cloud Datacenter & Green Computing/Communications" in Key Laboratory of Services Computing Technology and System, Ministry of Education, in HUST. His research interests include cloud computing and datacenter networking, mobile cloud, green computing and communications, software-defined networking and virtualization technology, large-scale Internet content distribution and video streaming systems. He is a member of IEEE and ACM, as well as a member of the China Computer Federation (CCF) Internet Technical Committee. He has been a Guest Editor for IEEE Network Magazine, and served as TPC for IEEE INFOCOM’2013-2014 and GLOBECOM’2012-2013.