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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

  • May 2021: Our CarbonFirst project on sustainable cloud computing is successfully funded by NSF and VMware.
  • Feb 2021: Prashant Shenoy co-founded ACM Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGEnergy)
  • Nov 2020: Congrats to Pradeep Ambati, Noman Bashir, David Irwin, and Prashant Shenoy for being nominated by ACM/IEE Supercomputing 2020 for the best paper and best student paper awards. (view paper here)
  • Oct 2020: Congrats to Amee Trivedi, Phuthipong Bovornkeeratiroj, Joseph Breda, Prashant Shenoy, Jay Taneja and David Irwin for receiving the best paper award for ISGC 2020. (view paper here)
  • Jul 2020: Congrats to Prashant Shenoy for being awarded the Distinguished Professor rank.
  • Jun 2020: Congrats to Rishikesh Jha, Stephen Lee, Srinivasan Iyengar, Mohammad Hajiesmaili, David Irwin and Prashant Shenoy for receiving the best paper runner-up award for ACM e-Energy. (view paper here)
  • Apr 2020: Congrats to Prashant Shenoy for receiving the Conti Research Fellowship.
  • Apr 2020: Congrats to Ahmed Aley who will be joining Chalmers University as an Assistant Professor.
  • Mar 2020: Congrats to Stephen Lee who is awarded the 2020 UMass CICS Outstanding Dissertation award.

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