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Computer Scientist Receives CAREER Award to Make Portable Parallel Programming Possible

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Computer Scientist Receives CAREER Award to Make Portable Parallel Programming Possible

Rezaul Chowdhury developing resource-oblivious algorithms for laptops to supercomputers

Rezaul Chowdhury
Rezaul Chowdhury

STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 15, 2016Rezaul Chowdhury, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will help to advance his research on developing theories and efficient tools to facilitate the design of portable parallel algorithms to be used in computing platforms ranging from small laptop computers to massive supercomputers. These algorithms will have no need of hardware parameters in the code, yet run efficiently. 

The NSF CAREER Award is given to promising young university faculty nationwide who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research.  

Dr. Chowdhury, who holds a joint appointment with Stony Brook’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), and advises Stony Brook’s competitive programming teams for algorithmic problem solving, will receive $535,000 over the next five years for the project, titled “A Unified Framework for Designing Efficient Resource-Oblivious Parallel Algorithms.”  

“The goal of the project is to shield programmers from the complicated details of the ever-changing underlying hardware platforms while still allowing them to write efficient parallel code,” explained Dr. Chowdhury. “As a result of the research, we hope parallel programming will become simpler for most computers and supercomputers and no longer remain the domain of a few experts.” 

He also expects that a variety of computational science applications – ranging across physics, biology, chemistry, energy, climate, mechanical and electrical engineering and other areas – will become easier to develop and maintain with resource-oblivious parallel algorithms. 

The results of the work will be disseminated through a new graduate course on portable algorithms, existing courses on analysis of algorithms, parallel programming and supercomputing, as well as workshops for students and professionals arranged through IACS. 

Dr. Chowdhury received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Stony Brook University in 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UT Austin’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), Boston University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). 


About Stony Brook University 

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide.  It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County. 


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