October 12, 2012 —
A USC team led by Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering faculty members Yogesh Simmhan and Viktor Prasanna won the IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE challenge) at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid) meeting held recently in Ottawa, Canada.
Their project involved a live demonstration based on the smart grid project titled "Adaptive Energy Forecasting and Information Diffusion for Smart Power Grids." Ten co-authors, all from USC, including Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Green Technologies programs, participated in the presentation. The team survived an initial screening and were one of five teams invited to the final round of competition at the conference. The other teams were from the
US (Rutgers), France (INRIA), Netherlands (UvA) and Singapore/Australia (University of Melbourne). The teams presented scalable solutions that ran on cloud and cluster platforms, with applications including protein folding, avian flu simulation and smart power grids.
The award carries a plaque and $1000 cash prize.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, commented: "Our department congratulates Yogesh Simmhan, Viktor Prasanna and USC team members for their winning the SCALE challenge competition at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing. This is an important recognition of their research excellence in these technologies."