MANHASSET, NY -- IBM has awarded Min Li of Blacksburg, Va., a computer science doctoral candidate in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, an IBM Fellowship for her research on distributed storage systems for the emerging virtualized cloud computing systems.
In part, the goals of Liís research are to address the increasing performance gap between computing power and storage technology, especially for high performance and cloud computing.
The IBM Fellowship is an intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are fundamental to innovation.
Li, who holds a 3.95 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), is advised by Ali R. Butt, assistant professor of computer science and a past recipient of a National Science Foundation Career award.
Butt is director of Virginia Techís Distributed Systems and Storage Laboratory, where research is focused on tailoring next-generation storage and file systems for the growing data demands of modern high-performance computing applications.
Li spent the summer of 2011 as an intern with IBM's Almaden Research Center. The work entailed work to help improve storage performance in cloud computing, where the key idea is to have shared resources provided to computers using a network like the Internet.
"Min Li designed an efficient cloud adaptation platform for data intensive analytic applications while she was at IBM. At the end of her internship, a patent application for the project was submitted," said Butt, one of her nominators for this fellowship.
Analyzing information from large-scale distributed sensors, climate monitoring, and forecasting environmental impacts, requires more advanced computing setups than what is currently available to meet the demands of analyzing all of this data.
Min Li has published her research at Supercomputing 2010. Li is originally from Shishi, Fujan Province, China. She received her bachelor's degree in computer science in 2005 from East China Normal University of Shanghai, China, and her master's degree, also in computer science in 2008 from the University of Science and Technology of China.