Research Highlights

Current Research Highlight

Creating the Next Generation Data Center Network

Professor Subramaniam

One of the endeavors of Professor Subramaniam’s research group is to develop architectures for the next generation of data centers, which are scalable and highly energy-efficient.

Data centers are dedicated facilities used to power and house a large number of compute servers and storage systems. Large clusters of computers are connected together to process huge amounts of data, and this results in a high consumption of energy. As a result, a lot of heat is generated, and fans and chillers must be used to reduce the hazardous overheating of data centers.

In his collaboration with MIT Professor Eytan Modiano, Professor Subramaniam’s research focuses on replacing current data center communications with optical networks to increase the computer clusters’ speed and reduce their power consumption.

Optical communications relies on light to transmit information using laser signals. A transmitter first encodes a non-optical message into an optical signal, which is then received by a receiver that translates the message back to its original form.

This process is more efficient than electronic communications systems, such as wireless and wireline networks, which consume more power and take more time to process information. Additionally, wires within wireline networks can interfere with each other when they are spaced too close together, a complication optical networking prevents.

However, optical communications are still in their budding years, and despite tremendous progress in the past few decades the technology is still not as mature as electronic communications. Therefore, Professor Subramaniam’s research must judiciously architect the network using available features, and rely on intelligent algorithms to overcome the limitations.

Professor Subramaniam and his students, along with his collaborators, have developed an architecture and algorithms and have published their results in leading journals and conferences.

On a similar theme, in his collaboration with computer engineering professor Guru Venkataramani, Professor Subramaniam works with sophisticated computer architecture focused on reducing power consumption. Some of their work was published in the highly-reputable Transactions on Green Communications and Networks, a journal dedicated to green communications and networks.

Current data centers consume 2% of the nation’s energy supply, and the share is expected to grow further as the nation’s need for data processing and consumption continues to skyrocket. Any saving in energy can reduce the increasing carbon footprint. Professor Subramaniam believes in a future of optical communications, and his research group is looking for ways to apply their expertise in solving these real-world problems.

Past Research Highlights

Dr. Payman Dehghanian

Safeguarding the Nation’s Electric Power Grid

Assistant professor Payman Dehghanian and his collaborators are working to safeguard the nation’s electric power grid and ensure a continuous, reliable, and affordable supply of energy in the face of natural disasters.
Dr.​ Tarek​ ​ ​El-Ghazawi​

Researching Future​ ​Processors and Supercomputer​s

Computer Engineering Professor​ ​Tarek​ ​El-Ghazawi​ ​and​ ​his​ ​collaborators​ ​are​ ​working​ ​to​ ​define the​ ​next​ ​generation of supercomputers and processors.
Dr. Payman in a lab

Keeping the Lights On

Dr. Dehghanian studies power system resilience in the face of extreme weather conditions or cyberattacks that can compromise national security, helping to improve the planning and operations of power systems to create a more resilient and sustainable electric grid and mitigate the consequences of these events.

Designing Future Computer Systems

Professor Ahmed Louri and his research groups are working in computer architecture, computing methods that improve performance, power efficiency, and reliability in future computer systems.
Professor Lan with Ph.D. student

Building Frameworks for Future Cybersecurity

Professor Tian Lan and his collaborators are working to construct a cybersecurity framework that combines both deliberate reasoning and reflexive thinking to make cyber systems more intelligent.
Guru Venkataramani

Designing More Efficient and Secure Computers

Professor Guru Prasadh Venkataramani and his research group are working to make computer processors run faster, more power-efficient, and more secure during computing.
Dr. Lang

The ComRAD Project

Professor Roger Lang's research team is using a Microwave Radar/Radiometer Remote Sensing System to measure soil moisture.
David Nagel

Evolutionary and Revolutionary Clean Energy Research

Research professor David Nagel is leading two research teams that are pursuing different approaches to clean energy production.
Dr. Zaghloul in Research Lab

MEMS Sensors Devices in Engineering: Innovating Biological/Chemical Sensors to Detect Diseases

Professor Mona Zaghloul and her collaborators at NIST and GW SEAS are working to make biological and chemical sensors that are markers for Asthma disease and other diseases portable for at-home use and detection.
Magnetic Refrigeration Technology

Magnetic Refrigeration Technology

In the advancement of alternative energy sources, and the critical importance of the global warming, magnetic refrigeration is a promising energy efficient and environmentally friendly technology to replace conventional vapor-compression techniques. Our research aims to design, develop, and implement the first scalable commercially viable compressor-free magnetic refrigerator system.