Professor Nikil Dutt
Facebook operates data centers at unprecedented levels of system complexity and scale, creating critical power management challenges for hyperscale data center computing platforms. Facebook saw an opportunity to leverage prior successes from Computer Science Distinguished Professor Nikil Dutt’s research group (DRG) on self-aware energy-efficient and power-aware runtime management of mobile and embedded systems. Facebook awarded an unrestricted $80,000 gift to Professor Dutt and computer science Ph.D. student Biswadip Maity for applying lessons learned from their earlier research on mobile and embedded energy-efficient and power-aware runtime management policies to hyperscale data centers. Maity previously interned with Facebook in summer 2020, and is currently working on developing adaptive, reflective energy-efficient resource managers for emerging data-centric applications. “I am extremely grateful for this research gift, and I’m excited to make Facebook data centers more energy-efficient for billions of everyday users,” says Maity, who intends to pursue a career in research after his planned graduation in 2023.