LASS Group members Spring 2018
Holyoke Gas & Energy Collaboration - Smart Grid and Renewables
Unveiling of Mass-NZ Solar Powered Datacenter


The Laboratory for Advanced System Software (LASS) investigates systems issues for distributed systems ranging from large server clusters to networks of small sensors. Our past and current research has focused on issues in operating systems, distributed systems, networking, mobile systems, web and multimedia. We build prototype systems and understand them using analysis and experimentation.

LASS Alums are an exceptionally accomplished group. Two-thirds of our Ph.D. and Post-doc alums have gone to tenure-track faculty positions in academia. Four alums have co-founded startup companies. The rest, including two dozen MS alums, have gone on to successful careers in industry. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments.

Research Areas

Our lab comprises of two research groups: distributed systems group and green computing group.

Distributed Systems research

The distributed systems research group focuses on topics in cloud computing, virtualization, data centers and data management. Ongoing projects include:

  • Cloud-MD: Mobile and Distributed Clouds
  • GreenClouds: Greening Data Centers, Clouds and Distributed Systems
  • BenchLab: Realistic, Open Internet-scale Benchmarking

Green Computing research

The Green Computing research group focuses on topics in sustainability, smarter energy systems, smart buildings, smart grid and renewables. We take a systems and data analytics approach to addressing problems in this area. Ongoing projects include:

  • Data Analytics for Smarter Energy Systems
  • Demand-side Energy Management for Smart Homes
  • Privacy in the Smart Grid.

Latest News

  • July 2019 Our ACM e-Energy paper on decarbonizing IDNs won the Best Paper award.
  • July 2019 Our HPDC 2019 SpotWeb paper was a Best Paper Finalist.
  • July 2019:Stephen Lee and Vani Gupta defended their Ph.d thesis.
  • June 2019:Stephen Lee, Jeremy Gummeson and Vani Gupta will join the faculty at U.Pitt, UMass ECE and Providence College, respectively.
  • March 2019: Congratulations to Prateek Sharma for the 2019 UMass CICS Outstanding Dissertation award.
  • March 2019: Prashant Shenoy will deliver a keynote talk at the 2019 CPSWeek Fog-IoT workshop.
  • Dec 2018: Resource Deflation paper accepted at ACM Eurosys 2019.
  • Nov 2018: Prashant Shenoy will be the new Director of the UMass Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM)
  • Oct 2018: Congrats to Srinivasan Iyengar for joining Microsoft Research India as a post-doctoral researcher.
  • Oct 2018: Congrats to Prateek Sharma for being nominated for ACM Distinguished Dissertation Award
  • Sep 2018: Prashant Shenoy to host P. Anandan, CEO of Wadhwani AI, for the Future series talk
  • Sep 2018: Congrats to Prateek for accepting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Indiana University, Bloomington

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