Lab Overview

David Irwin directs the Sustainable Computing Lab at UMass Amherst, which focuses on designing distributed software systems with an emphasis on improving efficiency and sustainability.  We focus on two primary areas: 1) improving the efficiency of large-scale computer systems, particularly data center, cloud, and edge platforms, and 2) improving the efficiency of large-scale cyber-physical systems, including electricity, building, and transportation systems.  We design, implement, deploy, and analyze prototypes of these systems at scale to make them work better, publicly release our code and data, and publish research papers on our results at top-tier conferences and journals in computer systems. Our research is deeply interdisciplinary and structured "horizontally" across a wide range of applications in efficiency and sustainability that span many technical "verticals," including distributed systems and networking, operating systems and virtualization, security and privacy, applied data science and machine learning, sensor networks and the Internet-of-Things, economics and operations research, and clean energy systems. A more detailed research overview is available here.  

Ultimately, the lab's goals are to both design innovative computer systems that make the world a better place, and develop the next generation of computer systems researchers and practitioners. Our Ph.D. and M.S. graduates have gone on to take tenure-track faculty positions in academia, found technology startups, work as software engineers and data scientists at leading technology companies, and pursue Ph.D's.

Latest News

March 2024

Many papers published in 2023-24.  Updated paper pdf links!

September 2023

Congrats to Noman on receiving MIT's Climate & Computing Impact Fellowship!

August 2023

Papers accepted at SIGMETRICs, Performance, SoCC, SEC, IGSCC, and HotCarbon!

May 2023

New paper accepted at e-Energy!

April 2023

ICPE paper awarded best paper runner-up!

February 2023

New paper accepted to IoTDI!

December 2022

New papers accepted at ASPLOS and BuildSys!

October 2022

Multiple new NSF projects starting in CCRI and CSR programs!

July 2022

Papers being presented at ACM COMPASS, ACM e-Energy, and HotCarbon!

December 2021

Our work on SunDown was featured in PVMagazine!

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