Christina Delimitrou wins Google Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, ECE Assistant Professor Christina Delimitrou has received a Google Faculty Research Award.  The awards recognize and support faculty pursuing cutting-edge technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.

Delimitrou’s proposal aims to address the performance implications of new cloud programming frameworks, such as microservices. Cloud services increasingly consist of a large number of inter-dependent components (microservices), with performance issues in one application tier propagating to others. Manually diagnosing such correlated performance issues is cumbersome and prone to errors. 

This proposal instead leverages machine learning and the massive amount of traces collected in warehouse-scale computers over time to identify patterns that can signal imminent performance issues. By detecting such issues early, the system can be proactive about adjusting the allocated hardware resources and avoiding the degraded performance altogether, improving the performance predictability and availability of cloud services. 

Google Faculty Research Awards are unrestricted gifts, structured as seed funding to support one graduate student for one year. This year the program received over 900 proposals from more than 300 universities. Only 15% of applicants passed the rigorous review process and received funding. Five other Cornell faculty members also received awards.

The program's goal is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. 

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