• Seminar Series 2014-2015: Third Seminar
    Hussein T. MouftahXue (Steve) Liu
    McGill University
    Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11 am.
    Location: DC 2585

    Title: Intelligent Load Balancing for Smart Energy Powered Internet Data Centers

    Abstract: The operations of today’s Internet data centers (IDCs) require gigantic amount of energy. Companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo pay tens of millions of dollars annually for electricity. In the mean time, smart grid and renewable energy technologies have gained significant momentum. In this talk, I will summarize research findings from two of our recent projects focusing on smart energy powered Internet data centers. The first project discusses Geographical Load Balancing designs to minimize the electricity cost for IDC operations. The second project discusses how to power up IDCs with renewable wind energy.

    Biography: Xue (Steve) Liu is a William Dawson Scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (with multiple honors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also worked as the Samuel R. Thompson Chaired Associate Professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. His research interests are in computer and  communication networks, real-time and embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, green computing and smart energy technologies. He has published over 200 research papers in major peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings in these areas and received several best paper awards. Dr. Liu’s research has been reported by news media including the New York Times, Computer World, Business Insider, The Register, Huffington Post, CBC, NewScientist, MIT Technology Review’s Blog, etc. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Researcher Prizes from the Canadian Association of Computer Science, and a recipient of the Tomlinson Scientist Award from McGill University. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions of Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS),  IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (COMST).