Posted October 24, 2011 Atlanta, GA
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee and his Ph.D. student, Jen-Cheng (Tommy) Huang, along with their HP collaborators Matteo Manchiero and Yoshio Turner, won the Best Paper Award at the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems, held October 3-4, 2011 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Lee and Mr. Huang are based in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
The team won the award for their paper entitled "Ally: OS-Transparent Packet Inspection Using Sequestered Cores." “Ally” performs packet processing services (e.g., deep packet inspection) using sequestered, privileged processing cores of a multi-core system. This research is an extension of the team's earlier work–“introspective computing”–sponsored by the NSF CAREER program. Ally enables distributed deployment of compute-intensive management services throughout a datacenter. It uniquely allows these services to be deployed independent of the arbitrary OS and/or hypervisor that users may choose to run on the remaining cores, with strong hardware isolation preventing the host from tampering with the management environment. As more and more computing services are being shifted to the cloud, systems such as Ally will enable rich network services using highly programmable multi-core processors and solidify the availability, reliability, and security of datacenter operations.
About the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of eight schools and departments in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. All ECE undergraduate and graduate programs are in the top 10 of the most recent college rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and in the last academic year, 723 degrees were awarded.
Over 110 ECE faculty members are involved in 11 areas of research, education, and commercialization – bioengineering, computer systems and software, digital signal processing, electric power, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microsystems, optics and photonics, systems and controls, telecommunications, and VLSI systems and digital design.
About the Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Business, and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.