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IEEE Fellow Prof. Xiaodong Zhang Delivered Extensive Course on “Large-Scale Data Parallel Processing System”

Date: 2019-08-07 Source:

Prof. Xiaodong Zhang of the Ohio State University was invited as a distinguished lecturer at the “Large-Scale Data Parallel Processing System” course organized by PCL from July 22nd to 26th , 2019. This is part of the “Dragon Star Program”, which is sponsored by China Computer Federation (CCF). More than 80 students from Tsinghua University, Shenzhen University, Sun Yat-sen University, local research institutions and enterprises have attended the course.

Prof. Xiaodong Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, Director of CCF Overseas Affairs, Robert M. Critchfield Endowed Professor, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. As a distinguished overseas Chinese professor with remarkable achievements, he has been dedicated in research on data and storage management in computer and distributed systems for many years.

Prof. Zhang illustrated representative and advanced algorithms and technologies in storage, management and analysis of big data distributed systems during the five-day course. Practical problems encountered during research and corresponding solutions were also shared and discussed, aiming at a better understanding on how to discover valuable research idea and put them into researches. The course received high praise from all faculty and students.

During his visit in PCL, Prof. Zhang was also invited to give a lecture on “Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data Processing in the Post-Moore Law Era”. He asserted that, after the Moore’s Law reaches its physical limits, improvements in the performance of general-purpose chips will be slowing down and eventually stopping, and the descending of computing and management efficiency of existing system environments. To embrace the opportunities presented by big data, we shall construct a more powerful computer system. From the perspective of system software, the computing ecosystem in the post-Moore law era must be efficient, diversified and inclusive.

In the evening on July 25, 2019, more than 120 visiting students attended his lecture on “The Cultivation of Key Competencies in Doctoral Research”. According to Prof. Zhang, a successful doctor should have five abilities, including that to identify problem, solve problem, take responsibility, think independently and critically, and be concise in writing and speaking. The shared cases stimulated heated discussions among students.

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