IIT Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ioan Raicu Receives TCSC Young Achiever Award in Scalable Computing

Ioan Raicu, assistant professor of computer science, has received the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) Award for Young Achiever in Scalable Computing.  This annual international award recognizes up to five individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of scalable computing within five years of receiving their Ph.D. degree.

Raicu has distinguished himself by the high quality of his research and large number of publications and significant grants that he has received. Since graduating from the University of Chicago in 2009, he has received awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE) totaling more than $1 million. He has received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award towards distributed storage systems at extreme scales. He also has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles over the last decade, at some of the top venues in distributed systems.

Raicu’s research focuses on the relatively new paradigm of Many-Task Computing (MTC), which aims to bridge the gap between two predominant paradigms from distributed systems, High-Throughput Computing (HTC) and High-Performance Computing (HPC). His work has focused on defining and exploring both the theory and practical aspects of realizing MTC across a wide range of large-scale distributed systems, ranging from many-core systems, clusters, grids, and clouds to supercomputers.  In addition to laying out the foundation for this new sub-field of distributed systems, his work has revolutionized the programming paradigm of future large-scale systems and opened the door to a broader class of applications that would have normally not been tractable at such extreme scales.

Raicu and the other award winners will receive their honors at the 2014 Supercomputing Conference (SC’14), the leading conference in the field of distributed systems and high-performance computing.  The winners are also being recognized by IEEE TCSC on their website and in publications.

In addition to his appointment at IIT, Raicu is also a member of the research faculty in the Math and Computer Science Division (MCS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). He is also the founder and director of the Data-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory (DataSys) at IIT.