NSF CAREER Award
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August 25, 2000
Prashant Shenoy, assistant professor of Computer
Science, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science
Foundation (NSF). The highly competitive awards are intended to
help junior faculty members develop careers in research and teaching.
From more than 2,000 applications, NSF annually selects 300-350
science and engineering faculty from across the country to receive
the four-year, $200,000 awards.
Shenoy's research group, the Laboratory for Advanced System Software
(LASS), acts as a glue between operating systems, computer networks
and the World Wide Web. His research focuses on the design of
servers and networks for multimedia and web-based applications.
"The demands that such applications place on computer systems
and networks make this a very challenging problem to solve," says
Shenoy. Performance and scale are two key issues: servers must
be able to efficiently retrieve large quantities of data and networks
such as the Internet will need to deliver this data to users in
a timely manner.
His grant proposal, "Scalable High-performance Information Servers
for Internet-based Multimedia Applications," will investigate
solutions to this problem. It focuses on three areas: Multimedia
operating systems that run demanding applications; multimedia
file systems that store huge amounts of data; and proxy servers
that deliver this data over wide area networks such as the Internet.
The ability to deal with heterogeneity in application requirements
and data characteristics is a driving force behind this research.
An important outcome of this research will be a prototype system
based on the Linux operating system that will demonstrate the
efficacy of the approach.
Given the commercial potential of this research, Shenoy considered
going into industry after receiving his Ph.D. in 1998, but felt
that the academic environment provided him more freedom to do
long-term research without the market pressures that exist in
industry. He was also extremely excited about being able to collaborate
with current faculty Jim Kurose, Krithi Ramamritham, and Don Towsley,
who are each highly regarded in their fields.
"Prashant's broad range of interests - combining multimedia,
operating systems and the World Wide Web - come together in this
CAREER grant. This is an exciting time to be investigating issues
that lie in the intersection of these areas, and Prashant is uniquely
positioned to carry them out," said Ramamritham.
Shenoy received his doctorate in 1998 from the University of
Texas at Austin where he was honored as having written the "Best
Doctoral Dissertation of 1998-99" in the computer science department.