Data center and cloud computing, as closely coupled technologies, have evolved to become two of the most critical components of the modern Internet. Almost all major large-scale Internet services, including those offered by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon, now rely on large data center and cloud computing frameworks for efficient service provisioning to millions of users. Due to their importance, data center and cloud computing technologies are now the focus of major research and development efforts by companies, governments, and academic and other research institutions.
The Data Center and Cloud Computing Laboratory has been established to consolidate the efforts of multiple research groups to promote creativity, innovation, education, and entrepreneurship in NYUAD. On one hand, we focus on the system-level research to design future data center and cloud platforms that provide outstanding performance in the aspects of security, resilience, scalability, flexibility, etc. On the other hand, we research a new generation of data-intensive applications that collect and exploit terabytes or even petabytes of data. This has resulted in a new set of research challenges and opportunities, often referred to as "big data," on how to support such applications.
The lab will also play an important role in education by providing various hands-on opportunities to motivate students to learn and gain insightful understanding of data center systems and technologies. Students at NYUAD and NYU-Poly will learn teamwork and distance collaboration by working on joint projects.
Since the establishment of the Laboratory, we have generated scientific publications and patent applications in this area. Our research activities have led to the development of new data center and cloud computing technologies, and have helped to raise awareness in the community. We organized a very successful conference, Data Center and Cloud Computing Technologies, in March, 2012. The event attracted over 120 participants, mainly from the local community. The event has brought benefits to the local community and has been widely covered by the local media. We have established a collaborative relationship with UAE University (UAEU), one of the top national universities in the UAE, and Injazat Data Systems, the major data center service provider in the region.