Prashanth Thinakaran

Tejaswi Agarwal Graduate student @ UW-Madison

About me

I am a senior undergraduate majoring in Computer Science Engineering at VIT University, Chennai, India. Currently, I am a visiting scholar and research assistant at the Networking and Parallel Systems Lab , University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. Here, I am working on my undergraduate thesis on exploring virtualization and scheduling techniques on heterogeneous clusters and I am supervised by Dr. Michela Becchi.

My interest in the areas of Parallel Algorithms and High Performance Computing developed during my research internship at RISE Lab, IIT Madras under the guidance of Dr. Veezhinathan Kamakoti after my sophomore year. During this research I worked closely on embedded systems and porting proxy server code configurations to the Freescale P4080 embedded devices. I also worked on studying the Freescale Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) in detail. This internship right after my sophomore year, was helpful in introducing me to research.

Earlier in 2013, I along with my colleague Saurabh Jha worked on designing and developing parallel algorithms for digital image segmentation and noise removal. We proposed two algorithms and implemented and tested them CUDA C, with significant efficiency in speed. Mapping the algorithm to parallel hardware was one of the challenging tasks of this problem. I presented the two algorithms at the 27th ACM International Conference on Supercomputing, ICS 2013 in Eugene and at the 22nd International ACM Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing, HPDC 2013 in New York respectively. We won the Best Poster award for our presentation at HPDC in New York

During summer 2013, after my junior year I was awarded the MITACS Globalink Fellowship to pursue 10 weeks of research at the Computer Performance Lab, with Dr. Diwakar Krishnamurthy at the University Of Calgary, Alberta Canada. During this research I worked extensively on measuring accuracy and overhead of various profilers like Perf, Vtune Oprofile.

Among other things, I love to travel, explore new cities and try different varieties of food. I have lived and travelled to 11 cities, comprising of 3 countries and I look forward to exploring other countries in the coming years.

My learning during undergraduate coupled with my keen interest in the above areas has motivated me to pursue my graduate studies in Computer Science. I would like to delve deeper into parallel computing and be able to contribute in developing faster and efficient algorithms for parallel processors.

I am about to complete my undergraduate studies in 2014, and I am keen and curious to learn more and contribute to the world of computing. I believe graduate studies in Computer Science followed by a career in research would be the best way to accomplish this.