The Project Deepens IDT and NU’s Relationship, Initiated Last Year When the University Opened a Hub Campus at the Company’s Silicon Valley Headquarters
The agreement deepens the relationship begun last year when Northeastern expanded its regional strategy to San Jose by embedding a hub campus in IDT’s headquarters. Under the research partnership, three members of the Northeastern faculty and two PhD students will work with IDT engineers on the project, based at IDT’s Open High-Performance Analytics and Computing (HPAC) Lab in Ottawa.
“One of IDT’s primary goals of bringing Northeastern to our headquarters was to team with leading academics on important research,” said Sailesh Chittipeddi, IDT’s chief technology officer and vice president of Global Operations. “I anticipate meaningful results from this research that will help our telecom carrier customers determine optimal edge-computing requirements in mobile and wired edge computing.”
“Edge computing” denotes a network architecture in which applications, data and computing services are pushed to the edge of a cellular network, where data is gathered, rather than traditional centralized points.
IDT’s RapidIO switches are used to connect computing elements that comprise complex processing-intensive electronics systems. They are used in nearly all global 4G networks, and for data management at a growing number of organizations. The technology was used for analyzing the content of Twitter traffic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals, and was recently adopted as a research project by CERN openlab to support future CERN Large Hadron Collider and data center analytics activities.
“IDT is a leader in low-latency interconnects with its RapidIO technologies, and Northeastern looks forward to working closely with IDT’s experts in this important research area,” said Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University’s College of Computer & Information Science. “Challenges posed by Big Data will only grow, and we welcome this opportunity to help find new ways of dealing with them.”
“This type of research project is exactly the sort of thing that prompted Northeastern to team with IDT,” said Philomena Mantella, senior vice president and CEO of the Northeastern University Global Network. “Our university is unique in our emphasis on experiential learning, so this type of engagement is an important step in advancing the integration of academic institutions and industry to solve today’s most pressing economic issues.”
The project is titled, “Distributed Low Latency Analytics and Caching Using Low Latency Fabric and Processing Nodes.” The researchers will focus on “mobile edge” computing analytics in which x86, FPGA and GPU components are clustered using RapidIO interconnect. According to the agreement, “The goal of this project is to develop novel analytics and caching schemes utilizing the low latency RapidIO technology as the baseline to significantly improve the data analytics and caching performance as well as the overall bandwidth efficiency” of compute-intensive systems.”
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