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July 8: Carnegie Mellon's Gregory Ganger Earns 2010 HP Innovation Research Award

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Carnegie Mellon's Gregory Ganger Earns
2010 HP Innovation Research Award

Greg GangerPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Gregory Ganger was one of more than 60 recipients worldwide to receive the 2010 HP Innovation Award, which is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research.

Ganger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) at Carnegie Mellon, will collaborate with HP labs on a research initiative focused on cloud computing issues. This is Ganger's second HP Innovation Award. He received his first HP Innovation Award in 2008 for research involving scalable and self-managing data storage systems.

Ganger, who recently testified in Washington, D.C., about the benefits and risks of cloud computing, explained that cloud computing has the potential to provide large efficiency improvements for federal information technology (IT) functions. Cloud computing involves using someone else's computers (and possibly software) to accomplish a task, rather than one's own. Ganger also recommended that the U.S. government support standardization and research/experimentation efforts in the pursuit of cloud computing's potential, and the joint research involved with this HP Innovation Award contributes to the latter.   

HP reviewed more than 300 submissions from individuals at 202 universities in 36 countries. Ganger said the award will deepen and strengthen the PDL's long-standing ties with HP and with outstanding researchers globally. The PDL continues to work on solutions to critical problems of storage system design, implementation and evaluation.

"This is a wonderful award for Greg and his team because it recognizes the innovative, collaborative research excellence so endemic to the Parallel Data Lab," said Mark S. Kamlet, executive vice president and provost at Carnegie Mellon. "We applaud their dedication and energy in streamlining ubiquitous cloud computing use."

"The annual HP Labs Innovation Program is an ideal platform for HP to initiate highly innovative projects with leading researchers in universities worldwide. The collaborative effort between HP and these universities has delivered breakthroughs in areas such as cloud computing, optical computing and nano-materials — fundamental enablers of the next generation of products and services for communities around the globe," said Rich Friedrich, director of strategy and innovation at HP.

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Pictured above is Gregory Ganger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Parallel Data Lab (PDL).