November 11, 2008: Seminar: H. T. Kung:"Use of Ad-hoc Wireless Networks as Backplanes for High-performance Parallel and Distributed Computing"

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Computer Science

2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

Use of Ad-hoc Wireless Networks as Backplanes for High-performance Parallel and Distributed Computing

H. T. Kung
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Friday, November 14, 2008
2 p.m., Room 1000 SEO


Mobile computing and communications devices are now everywhere, but they are used separately by individuals. Can we make aggregate use of these devices via ad-hoc wireless networks? In this presentation, we will describe some initial success in this direction. We will show examples of execution-time speed up through parallel and distributed use of multiple mobile nodes over a wireless medium, and improved computation efficiency brought by sensing diversity in a network of geographically distributed nodes. While taking advantage of the flexibility in deployment and convenience in data and control broadcasting with wireless backplanes, we can mitigate their limitations in reliability and bandwidth.

Brief Bio:

Professor Kung is interested in computing and communications, with a current focus on wireless backplanes for high-performance computing. Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University for 19 years.

Professor Kung has pursued a variety of research interests in his career, including complexity theory, database systems, VLSI design, parallel computing, computer networks, network security, wireless communications, and networking of unmanned aerial systems. He pioneered the concept of systolic array processing, and has led large research teams on the design and development of novel parallel computers and computer networks. In 1999 he started a joint Ph.D. program with colleagues at the Harvard Business School on information, technology, and management, and co-chaired this Harvard Program from 1999 to 2006.

To complement his academic activities, Professor Kung maintains a strong link with industry. He has served as a consultant and board member to numerous companies. Professor Kung's professional honors include: Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Member of the Academia Sinica (in Taiwan); and recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award by the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association in 1991.

Host: Professor Philip S. Yu

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