Dr Shashikant Ilager awarded Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers thesis award

Shashikant Illager during his time in Melbourne.

Dr Shashikant Ilager has been awarded the Technical Committee on Cloud Computing (TCCLD) Outstanding PhD Thesis Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society.

The IEEE has recognised Dr Ilager, a former PhD candidate at the University, for his thesis on reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of cloud computing.

Distributed computing systems, such as cloud and edge computing, consume two per cent of global electricity - more than the airline industry.

Dr Ilager’s thesis proposed software and hardware solutions to deliver more energy efficient cloud computing services.

"Distributed Computing Systems are the backbone of so many of digital technologies we rely on," Dr Ilager - now based at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) Austria - said.

"My research shows that we can manage the workloads and resources in cloud data centres in a more efficient manner, to help reduce the massive amount of energy these systems currently consume."

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society recognised the importance of his findings, awarding him the Award.

Dr Ilager was supervised by Professor Rajkumar Buyya in the School of Computing and Information Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Information and Technology.

Dr Ilager said he had fond memories of his time at the University.

"I enjoyed the beautiful city of Melbourne and especially, the Parkville campus," he said.

"The people I met were wonderful; they really made my time at Melbourne enjoyable and memorable."

He also had some words of advice for PhD candidates starting their journey.

"Don't be afraid of failures, it is very much part of the research; in fact failures often lead to interesting research directions and outcomes."