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Professor Albert Zomaya

IT Professor Awarded for High Performance Computing Work

by Jocelyn Prasad, University of Sydney (Australia). May 31, 2011.

Biographical information from the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney.

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM UT

Dr. Albert Zomaya

Dr. Albert Zomaya's work spans a range of high performance computing technologies such as clusters, grids, data centres and cloud computing systems.
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Professor Albert Zomaya

  • Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow
  • Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking
  • Director, Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing

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The University of Sydney 
Sydney, NSW 2006 

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A University of Sydney IT professor has received global accolades for his longstanding contribution to the development of high performance computing systems that provide the computational speeds needed to model the likes of large DNA structures, forecast global weather patterns and track the motion of astronomical bodies.

Professor Albert Zomaya last week received two awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for humanity's benefit. The awards acknowledge his commitment to developing resource allocation algorithms and protocols for parallel and distributed computing

The IEEE awarded Professor Zomaya with the 2011 Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) Outstanding Service Award and Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing.

Professor Zomaya has been part of the parallel and distributed computing community for more than 20 years and based at the University's School of Information Technologies since 2002. His work has spanned a range of high performance computing technologies such as clusters, grids, data centres and cloud computing systems. These days his research focus is on the development of resource allocation methods for green data centres, aimed at reducing the energy consumption of processors in data centres.

Aside from leading his field with research, Professor Zomaya has published seven books and more than 400 research papers on parallel processing, including the first handbook in the field, first published 15 years ago. He founded the Wiley book series on parallel and distributed computing and is editor in chief of the world's oldest computing journal IEEE Transactions on Computers.

"I feel honoured and very privileged to receive these awards," Professor Zomaya says. "These are prestigious, highly sought after recognitions and researchers in my field consider them important career milestones. What makes these awards very special is that they have never been awarded to the same person in the same year."

Jocelyn Prasad, University of Sydney. May 31, 2011.
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Albert Y. Zomaya is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking and Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing which was established in late 2009.

Professor Zomaya held the CISCO Systems Chair Professor of Internetworking during the period 2002–2007 and also was Head of school for 2006–2007 in the same school. Prior to his current appointment he was a Full Professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Australia, where he also led the Parallel Computing Research Laboratory during the period 1990–2002. He served as Associate–, Deputy–, and Acting–Head in the same department, and held numerous visiting positions and has extensive industry involvement. Professor Zomaya received his PhD from theDepartment of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Sheffield Universityin the United Kingdom.

Professor Zomaya is the author/co–author of seven books, more than 370 publications in technical journals and conferences, and the editor of nine books and 11 conference volumes. He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and serves as an associate editor for another 19 journals including some of the leading journals in the field, such as, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He is the Founding Editor of the Wiley Book Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing and the Co–Editor (with Professor Yi Pan) of the Wiley Book Series on Bioinformatics and (with Professor MaryEshaghian-Wilner) the Wiley Book Series on Nature Inspired Computing. He is the Editor–in–Chief of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1996).

Professor Zomaya was the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (1999–2003) and currently serves on its executive committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing, the advisory board of the Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), is a scientific council member of theInstitute for Computer Sciences, Social–Informatics, and Telecommunications Engineering (Brussels) and member of the board of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Technical Committee on Self–Organized Distributed and Pervasive Systems. Professor Zomaya has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses, invited seminars, and media briefings and has been actively involved, in a variety of capacities, in the organization of more than 570 national and international conferences.

Professor Zomaya is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He received the 1997 Edgeworth David Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to Australian Science. In September 2000 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award and in 2006 was made a member of theGolden Core (both from the IEEE Computer Society). His research interests are in the areas of algorithms, complex systems, parallel and distributed systems and networking.

Selected Past Appointments

And new Philosophy calls in doubt, 
The Element of fire is quite put out, 
The Sun is lost, and th'earth, and no mans wit, 
Can well direct him, where to look for it. — 
John Donne

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A scientist worthy of the name experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature. — H. Poincare'

Recent Conference Proceedings

  • Zomaya A.Y. and Cesana, M., 2008, Proceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Q2S and Security for Wireless and Mobile Networks, Association for Computing Machinery, New York.
  • Zomaya, A.Y., Hsu, F., Sahni, F., eds., 2008, Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Algorithms, Architectures, and Networks (I-SPAN’08), IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, USA.
  • Zomaya, A.Y., Zeadally, S., Eds., 2007, Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Workshop on Mobility Management and Wireless Access, Association for Computing Machinery, New York.
  • Zomaya A.Y., Bononi L., Eds., 2006, Proceedings of the ACM International Workshop on Mobility Management and Wireless Access, Association for Computing Machinery, New York.
  • Sloot, P.M.A., Abramson, D., Bogdanov, A.V., Zomaya, A.Y., and Gorbachev, Y.E., Eds., 2003, Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2003), Melbourne, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2003, Parts (I-IV), Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Meo, M., Zomaya, A.Y., Dahlberg, T.A., Eds., 2002, Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Workshop on Modeling Analysis and Simulation of Wireless andMobile Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, September.
  • Zomaya, A.Y., F. Ercal, S. Olariu, Eds.,  2001, Proceedings of the Workshop on Biologically Inspired Solutions to Parallel Processing Problems (BioSP3) (published in the CD-ROM Proceedings of the 15 the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium), April 23, San Francisco, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, USA.
  • Rolim, J.D.P., et al., Eds., 2000, Parallel and Distributed Processing, Springer VerlagLecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer.

Recent Book Chapters

  • Lee, Y. C., Karunaratne, D. T. M., C. Wang, and Zomaya, A.Y., “Energy-Efficiency Models for Resource Provisioning and Application Migration in Clouds,” in Cloud Computing: Methodology, System, and Applications, edited by L. Wang et al., CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA (in press).
  • Chen, W., Lee, Y. C., and Zomaya, A. Y., “Exploiting Heterogeneous Computing Systems for Energy Efficiency,” in Handbook of Energy-Aware and Green Computing, edited by S. Ranka and I. Ahmad, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA (in press).
  • Rizvandi, N. B., Zomaya, A.Y., Lee, Y. C., Boloori, A. J. and Taheri, J., “Multiple Frequency Selection in DVFS-Enabled Processors to Minimize Energy Consumption,” in Energy Efficient Distributed Computing, edited by A. Y. Zomaya and Y. C. Lee, Wiley, New Jersey, USA (in press).
  • Beloglazov, A., Buyya, R., Lee, Y. C., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2011, “A Taxonomy and Survey of Energy-Efficient Data Centers and Cloud Computing Systems,” inAdvances in Computers, edited by M. Zelkowitz, Volume 82, pp. 47–111 (Chapter 3), Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Alqaralleh, B., Wang, C., Zhou, B.B., Zomaya, A.Y., 2011, “A Flexible Data Store for Managing Bioinformatics Data,” in Algorithms in Computational Molecular Biology, edited by M. Elloumi and A.Y. Zomaya, pp. 221–239 (Chapter 11), Wiley, New Jersey.
  • Yoo, P.D., Zhou, B.B., Zomaya, A.Y., 2011, “Protein Domain Boundary Prediction,”in Algorithms in Computational Molecular Biology, edited by M. Elloumi and A.Y. Zomaya, pp. 501–519 (Chapter 23), Wiley, New Jersey.
  • Lichtenstein, I., Zomaya, A.Y., Gamble, J., Vadas, M., 2011, “Approaches to Construction and Analysis of MicroRNA–Mediated Networks,” in Algorithms in Computational Molecular Biology, edited by M. Elloumi and A.Y. Zomaya, pp. 979–1006 (Chapter 42), Wiley, New Jersey.
  • Zomaya, A.Y. and Kazman, R., 2010, “Simulated Annealing Techniques,” in theHandbook of Algorithms and Theory of Computation, edited by M.J. Atallah and M. Blanton, pp. 33.1–33.18 (Chapter 33), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Landfeldt, B., Wu, P., Zomaya, A.Y., 2009, “Mobility Management in Wireless Mesh Networks,” in the Encyclopedia of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, edited byD.P. Agrawal and B. Xie, pp. 587–600, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.
  • Ferm, T., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2009, “A Structured Tabu Search Approach for Scheduling in Parallel Computing Systems,” in The Handbook of Research on Scalable Computing Technologies, edited by K.–C. Li, C.–H. Hsu, L.T. Yang, J. Dongarra and H. Zima, pp. 354–377 (Chapter 16), IGI Global, Hershey, USA.
  • Zia, T.A., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2009, “Security Issues and Countermeasures in Wireless Sensor Networks,” in Algorithms and Protocols for Wireless, Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, edited by A. Boukerche, pp. 479–502 (Chapter 16), Wiley, New Jersey.
  • Lee, Y.-C., Subrata, R., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2008, “Efficient Exploitation of Grids for Large–Scale Parallel Applications,” in Concurrent and Parallel Computing: Theory, Implementation and Applications, edited by A.S. Becker, pp. 8.165–8.184 (Chapter 8), Nova Science Publishers, USA.
  • Hassan, J., Landfeldt, B., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2008, “Access Control in Wireless Local Area Networks: Fast Authentication Techniques,” in Handbook of Research on Wireless Security, edited by Y. Zhang, J. Zheng, and M. Ma, pp. 710–722 (Chapter XLIV), Information Science Reference (IGI Global), New York.
  • Lee, Y.-C. and Zomaya, A.Y., 2008, “Immune System Support for Scheduling,” inAdvances in Applied Self-Organizing Systems, edited by M. Prokopenko, pp. 247–270 (Chapter 11), Springer, London.
  • Fox, B., Ong, W.T., Lee, H.P., and Zomaya, A.Y., 2008, “Multi–Robot Social Group-Based Search Algorithms,”  in Modeling and Control of Complex Systems, edited by P. Ioannou and A. Pitsillides, pp. 485–508 (Chapter 16), CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Wang, C., Zomaya, A.Y., and Zhou, B.B., 2008, “Data Syndication Techniques for Bioinformatics Applications,” in Grid Computing for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, edited by E. Talbi and A.Y. Zomaya, pp. 157–177 (Chapter 7), Wiley, New Jersey.
  • Taheri J. and Zomaya A.Y., 2007, “An Overview of the Location Management Problem for Mobile Computing Environments” in Handbook of Mobile Middleware, P. Bellavista, A. Corradi (eds), pp. 731–767, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Chu, D. and Zomaya, A.Y., 2006, “Parallel Ant Colony Optimization for 3D Protein Structure Prediction Using the HP Lattice Model,” in Parallel Evolutionary Computations, edited by N. Nedjah and E. Alba, pp. 177–198, Springer,Berlin/Heidelberg.
  • Lee Y.-C. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Parallel computing” in Electrical Engineering Handbook (3rd ed), Vol 5, RC Dorf (ed), pp. 17.9–17.21, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Subrata R. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Location Management Algorithms Based on Biologically Inspired Techniques’ in the Handbook of Algorithms for Mobile and Networking and Computing, A. Boukerche (ed), pp. 363–90 (Chapter 16), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Taheri J. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Artificial Neural Networks” in Handbook of Nature-Inspired and Innovative Computing, A.Y. Zomaya (ed), pp. 147–185 (Chapter 5), Springer-Verlag, New York, USA.
  • Taheri J. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Fuzzy Logic” in Handbook of Nature-Inspired and Innovative Computing, A.Y. Zomaya (ed), pp. 221–252 (Chapter 7), Springer-Verlag, New York, USA.
  • Seredynski F., Swiecicka A., Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Scheduling and Rescheduling with Use of Cellular Automata” in Handbook of Bioinspired Algorithms and Applications, S. Olariu, A.Y. Zomaya (eds), pp.253–72 (Chapter 17), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Taheri J. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “An Overview of Neural Network Models” inHandbook of Bioinspired Algorithms and Applications, S. Olariu, A.Y. Zomaya (eds), pp.21–40 (Chapter 2), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Crnomarkovic K. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “Genetic Algorithms for Scheduling in Grid Computing Environments: A Case Study” in Handbook of BioinspiredAlgorithms and Applications, S. Olariu, A.Y. Zomaya (eds), pp.193–208 (Chapter 13), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Al Mazari A. and Zomaya A.Y., 2006, “A Brief Overview of Grid Activities for Bioinformatics and Health Applications’, in Parallel Computing for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, A.Y. Zomaya (ed), pp.491–510 (Chapter 20), Wiley, USA.
  • Zomaya A.Y., Chen T., Kraetzl M.,2005, “Some Observations on Adaptive Meta-heuristics for Routing in Datagram Networks” in Dependable Computing Systems: Paradigms, Performance Issues, and Applications, H.B. Diab, A.Y. Zomaya (eds),pp.552–562 (Chapter 20), Wiley, New York, USA.
  • Subrata, R. and Zomaya, A.Y.,  2005, “Location Management Techniques for Mobile Computing Environments,” in the Handbook of Mobile Computing, edited by M.Illyas  and I. Mahgoub, pp. 163-196 (Chapter 8), Auerbach Publications, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Zomaya, A.Y., Lee, R.C., and Olariu, S., 2001, "An Introduction to Genetic-Based Scheduling in Parallel-Processor Systems," in Solutions to Parallel and Distributed Computing Problems: Lessons from Biological Science, edited by A.Y. Zomaya, F.Ercal, and S. Olariu, pp. 111-133 (Chapter 5), Wiley, New York, USA.
  • Rabhi, F.A., Lapalme, G. and Zomaya, A.Y., 2000, "A Functional Design Framework for Genetic Algorithms," in Trends in Functional Programming, edited by G.Michaelson, P. Trinder, and H.-W. Loidl, pp. 115-124 (Chapter 13), Intellect Ltd,Oregon, USA.

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Professor Zomaya consulted on the following topics: computer architecture and embedded systems, Internet solutions and web technologies, scientific computation, operations research, and process control. Overall, his interests lie in the wide area of “Information Technology” and many of its related applications. 

Professor Zomaya has been involved in a number of IT ventures. His general interest in the area of IT has given him the capability in utilizing his background to serve IT-intensive organizations by, for example, critically evaluating and independently examining functional parameters of existing and up-coming internet and communications related technologies (both hardware and software) and even recommending improvements (where appropriate). This also applies to all electronic componentary on board computers from PCs to high performance computers including peripherals.

The end result is to be able to review, audit, upgrade or re-engineer an organization's entire IT system and business processes in order to recommend medium to long-term solutions that is within the organization's budget and consistent with its future growth objectives.

Professor Zomaya is able to provide consulting activities and media interviews on the following subjects:

  • Biologically- and Nature-Inspired Computing

  • Bioinformatics

  • Cloud Computing

  • Cluster and Grid Computing

  • Green Computing

  • Mobile Computing and Wireless Networks

  • Parallel and Distributed Computing

  • High Performance Computing & Supercomputing

  • Control Systems

  • Networking Solutions and The Internet

  • Research Policy

  • Computer Science and Engineering Education

A sample of recent media briefings is given below:

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