About ACIS

The mission of the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory (ACIS) is to conduct fundamental and applied research on all aspects of systems that integrate computing and information processing.

ACIS is home to faculty, students, researchers, technical staff and distinguished visitors and has extensive collaborations with other scientists and research organizations.

The ACIS lab is currently equipped with state-of-the-art computing, storage and networking facilities, and has a unique environment for experimental research and design of distributed systems that use virtualization software developed by commercial and open-source projects.

In addition to personal computers used by ACIS researchers, the ACIS lab owns and operates over 275 servers consisting of approximately 2000 processor cores, 10 TB of memory, and 675 TB of storage. These servers are managed in clusters dedicated to specific projects and platforms.


Current ACIS research falls under the following broad categories:

  • Cloud Computing
    Using virtualization technologies for computing platforms, file systems, applications as services, networks and I/O systems
  • Cyberinfrastructure for e-science and e-health
    For research on brain-machine interfaces, coastal and ocean modeling, genetics and atomic-scale friction
  • Autonomic Computing
    As relevant to virtualized data centers, real-time systems, virtual networking and software-defined computer systems.
  • Computer Architecture
    Including architectural support for virtualization, reliable computing and green computing
  • Peer-to-peer Computing and Software Defined Networking
    Including self-organizing virtual networks, and structured and unstructured query systems