are the Systems Research Group, abbreviated as SRG, and is one of the
research groups for the postgraduate studies in the Department of Computer
Science and Information Systems, the University of Hong Kong. We focus
on research in the areas of distributed and parallel computing.
Our group is conducting
many on-going projects, which aim at solving REAL problems with the use
of clusters, high-performance networks and other parallel computing resources.
For example, we have been conducting
and JESSICA2 projects, which
attempt to make a cluster of computers to appear as a single, multi-processor
machine to support the parallel execution of multithreaded Java applications.
We are also working on researches in the aspect of grid computing
and pervasive computing. We are participating in the
Hong Kong Grid
Initiative to build a joint universities grid testbed, and
we are also taking part in the
China National Grid (863) Project, and serving as a grid point.
At the same time, we have been conducting the SPARKLE
project to implement a component-based software architecture for
supporting pervasive computing.
In addition, we have worked on other researches, including
a project on solving irregularly structured problems
in a cluster of workstations, and a project on performance modeling and
benchmarking. There are research works on the provision of low-latency
communication support on MPI and DSM for parallel computing. The group
is also interested in theoretical problems that have implications in systems
building, such as load balancing problems, routing problems, and problems
related to the design of parallel architectures.
we have about 20 postgraduate students, led by Dr.
F.C.M. Lau and Dr. C.L. Wang.
Our computer laboratory is located at Room 414, Chow Yei Ching Buliding,
The University of Hong Kong. We have several PC
clusters on which our researches are conducted.
In October 2002, we built the Gideon cluster,
which consists of 300 2GHz Pentium IV PCs, connected together with a
312-port switch. We have run the Linpack benchmark and we believe that
this is one of the fastest clusters in the academic field in Hong Kong.
The performance results have been submitted to the TOP500 list
and was ranked 175 on the Nov 2002 listing. Please go to http://www.srg.cs.hku.hk/gideon/ to visit the Gideon
homepage for a more detailed
description of the Gideon cluster.
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