Dr. Fedorova wins Google Research Award for her work on efficiency in data centres
Dr. Fedorova was awarded a Google research award to address the issues of power consumption and efficiency in data centres.
Data centres are becoming an increasingly important part of the world-wide computing infrastructure. They offer a promise of scalability, reliability and manageability for the ever-more prevalent online services. The problem is that data centres consume inordinate amounts of power: over 7.2 billion dollars is spent every year on energy consumption in US data centres alone.
Dr. Fedorova and her students have been designing innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency of virtual machine technology (a key technology for data centres) and to enable the software to use modern multicore hardware more effectively. The research award from Google is a way of recognizing the importance of this work.