Recent News...

  1. DataSpaces was part of the Emerging Technologies Showcase entry titled "InfiniCortex: Concurrent Supercomputing across the Globe Utilizing Trans-Continental Infiniband and Galaxy of Supercomputers" at SC’14, The ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking Storage and Analysis, New Orleans, LA, USA, November 2014.
  2. Professor Parashar moderated a panel titled "Beyond the Hype – Big Data Unmasked" at the CIO Executive Summit, Whippany, NJ, December 2014.
  3. Professor Parashar presented an seminar titled Exploring Clouds as Enablers of Science at The Laboratory for Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), School of Information Sciences, Univerersity of Pittsburgh, September 2014.
  4. Gov. Chris Christie signed New Jerseys first "Big Data Bill" (A2218/S582) into law, putting the State on the path to become a national leader in Big Data by officially recognizing the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) as the State's Advanced Cybeirinfrastructure...


About Dr. Parashar

Manish Parashar is Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey University. He is also the founding Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center (CAC) NSF IUCRC at Rutgers (CAC@Rutgers) and the The Applied Software Systems Laboratory (TASSL), Full Member (Clinical Investigations and Precision Therapeutics Program) of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jeresy, and is Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA). He recently served as Program Director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he managed an approximately $150 Million research portfolio in the areas of software sustainability, computational and data-enabled science and engineering and cloud computing. At NSF, he established and led the crosscutting Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, the CI TraCS Computational Science Fellowship programs, was involved in establishing the Computing in the Cloud (CiC) program, and worked on the NSF-wide Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) initiative. His research interests are in the broad area of Parallel and Distributed Computing with a focus on Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering.

Manish has held a visiting position at the eScience Institute at Edinburgh, UK (2009-2010), a joint research appointment with the Center for Subsurface Modeling, The University of Texas at Austin (1996-2006), and a visiting position at the Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Images et Systemes d'information (LIRIS), Lyon France. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Department of Computer Science and DOE ASCI/ASAP Center, California Institute of Technology (2000-2001), at the DOE ASCI/ASAP FLASH Center, University of Chicago (1998), and at the Max-Plank Institute in Potsdam, Germany (1994-1998).

Manish received a 2013 R & D 100 Award (with ORNL and GATech), IBM Faculty Awards in 2008 and 2010, the Tewkesbury Fellowship from University of Melbourne, Australia (2006), the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (The Award) (2004-2005), the NSF CAREER Award (1999), TICAM (now ICES) (University of Texas at Austin) Distinguished Fellowship (1999-2001), and the Enrico Fermi Scholarship, Argonne National Laboratory (1996). He is a Fellow of AAAS, Fellow of IEEE / IEEE Computer Society , and ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Manish serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of a large number of journals and international conferences and workshops. He has also served as a panelist for NSF, DoE and other national and international funding agencies, and regularly reviews technical articles for journals and conferences. At Rutgers, he service in leadership roles on various, University, School and Department level committees and is actively involved in curriculum development, specially in the area of applied parallel and distributed computing and computational and data-intensive computing.

Manish has co-authored a large number technical publications including paper in international journals and conferences, invited papers and presentations and book chapters (Parashar@GoogleScholar). He has also co-authored/edited books, conference proceedings and journal special issues and has presented large number of keynotes and distinguished seminars. He has developed and deployed several software systems that are widely used, including CometCloud, and DataSpaces/DIMES/DART.

Manish received a BE degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Bombay University, India, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.

A brief biosketch of is available here.

 Bio-sketch of Manish Parashar, Ph.D.

Computer Scientist and Electrical Engineer, AAAS Fellow, IEEE Fellow, ACM Senior Member

Office: Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers Univ., 110 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019.

Email:; Phone: (848) 455-5388; Fax: (732) 445-0537



Education Profile

Bombay University                     Electronics & Telecommunications           B.E., 1988

Syracuse University                    Computer Engineering                              M.S., 1994

Syracuse University                    Computer Engineering                              Ph.D., 1994

University of Texas at Austin      Computer Sciences                                  Post-doc, 1994-1995


Professor I                        Rutgers University                                                      2005 – Present

Director                            Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2)            2012 – Present

Co-Director                      Cloud & Autonomic Computing Center, Rutgers        2008 – Present

Associate Director            Center for Information Assurance, Rutgers                 2008 – Present

Program Director              OCI, US National Science Foundation                       2009 – 2011

Associate Professor          Rutgers University                                                      2002 – 2005

Assistant Professor            Rutgers University                                                      1997 – 2002

Adj. Assistant Professor    University of Texas at Austin                                      1996 – 1997

Research Associate           CSM/ICES, University of Texas at Austin                  1995 – 2005

Research Overview

My academic career is focused in the area of computational and data-enabled science and engineering and addresses key conceptual, technological and educational challenges that are critical to realizing its potential. My research is in the broad area of high performance parallel and distributed computing and investigates conceptual models, programming abstractions, and implementation architectures that can enable new insights through very large-scale computations and big data in a range of domains that are critical to advancing our understanding of important natural, engineered and social systems. My contributions include innovations in data structures and algorithms, programming abstractions and systems, and systems for runtime management and optimization. Furthermore, the development and deployment of software system that encapsulate these research innovations and can be used by scientists and engineers in academia and industry, has been an integral part of my research. My research has had direct and significant impact on a range of domains (such as, for example, subsurface/seismic modeling, fusion, hydrology, compressible turbulence and computational fluid dynamics, bio-/medical informatics, oceanography, numerical relativity/astrophysics, plasma physics, and business intelligence) as evidenced by my publications. I have close collaborations with leading research groups (at universities, national laboratories, and industry).

Selected Awards, Honors and Recognition

Competitive Awards:

      2013 R&D 100 Award for ADIOS: Adaptable I/O System for Big Data (Information Technologies) (with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology)

      Google App Engine Education Award for Cloud Computing for Scientific Applications (2013)

      IBM Faculty Award (2008 and 2010)

      Tewkesbury Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Australia, (2006)

      NSF CAREER Award (1999)

      Enrico Fermi Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1996)

      Distinguished Fellowships from the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin in 1999, 2000 and 2001

      Winner of the 4th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2011, May 2011)

      Best paper award at leading IEEE/ACM conferences (Supercomputing 92, 01, and Grid 09)

Honors and Awards from Professional Societies:

      Outstanding Leadership Awards form the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

      Outstanding Service Awards from the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) in 2009, 2010 and 2011

      Member of the IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) during 2004 – 2006

Awards and Recognition within Rutgers:

      Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award, School of Engineering (2014 – 2017)

      Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (2004 – 2005)

      Research Outreach and Recognition (2011) & Excellence in Ph.D. Mentoring Award (2012) from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Publications, Presentations & Products

I have co-authored over 350 technical papers in international journals and refereed conference and workshop proceedings. I have also has edited 7 books and 33 book chapters, 22 conference proceedings and 18 journal special issues. My research has also been published in 16 invited papers and I have given over 130 invited presentations at various national and international venues, including 30 keynote/distinguished lectures. I have been part of the IEEE Distinguished Visitor Program (DVP) and have presented 19 tutorials. My research has lead to 1 patent and 1 provisional patent.


I have also developed and deployed several software systems that are being used for scientists and engineering in academia and industry. These include CometCloud for enabling dynamic software defined infrastructure across federated infrastructure, DataSpaces for extreme scale coupled workflows, DART for high-throughput, low latency data extraction and streaming, AutoMate/Accord/Meteor to support autonomics, and GrACE/DAGH and MACE/Seine for dynamically adaptive and coupled simulations.


Funding Profile

I have been part of over 50 funded grants (including 44 federal grants) totaling approximately US $40 Million. This includes funding as part of leading US Department of Energy (DOE) projects such as the ExaCT Combustion Exascale Co-design Center, the SDAV SciDAC Institute and the EPSI SciDAC Fusion Simulation Project, and multiple industry grants including a US $3.3 Million in-kind donation from IBM. My overall funding profile includes grants from highly prestigious and highly competitive programs such as the US NSF CAREER, KDI, ITR, and CDI programs, and the US DOE ASCI, SciDAC and Exascale Co-design programs.



Nationally: I was Program Director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the US National Science Foundation between 2009 and 2011, where I focused on computational and data-enabled science and engineering research and education, software sustainability, cloud and data intensive computing research programs, and managed an approximately $150 Million research portfolio. I was responsible for establishing a number of new programs including the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) and the NSF Fellowships for Transformative Computational Science using CyberInfrastructure  (CI TraCS) program, and was part of the team the established the Computing in the Cloud (CIC) program. I also worked on establishing international partnerships as part of the SI2 program with UK and China, both of which have resulted in joint calls in 2012.


Internationally: Within the broader research community, I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) since 2011, Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) since 2014, Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine, and have a leadership role in various professional societies. Specifically, I am a member of Advisory Board and Chair of the Awards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) since 2007 and was Vice Chair of TCSC between 2007 and 2011. I am a member of Executive Committee and responsible for Student Awards for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) since 2003. I also established the IEEE TCSC award for Excellence in Scalable Computing, Young Achievers in Scalable Computing award, and the TCSC Scale Challenge. I was co-founder of the IEEE/ACM (now USENIX) International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC). I am a member of the editorial board of 21 international journals (including ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE-TC, IEEE-TCC, IEEE-TSC, IEEE CiSE, IEEE IoT-J, JPDC, and CCPE), member of the steering committees of 15 conferences (including SCXY, IPDPS, HPDC, CCGrid, HiPC) and have served on organizing committees of over 250 conferences/workshops (29 as general chair, 37 as program chair/vice chair, 20 as workshop chair).


Rutgers University: I am co-leading strategic planning activities for Advanced Research Cyberinfrastructure across Rutgers, am co-chairing the Big Data Working Group of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science Strategic Planning Committee, and am a member of the Rutgers Strategic Planning Committee. I also founded the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and established an NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC), in partnership with University of Florida and University of Arizona, focused on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC). This center has since expanded to include Mississippi State University and will include Indiana University, University of Chicago and Texas Tech University this fall. I was part of the founding team and am currently Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA).


Teaching and Mentoring

I am a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at Rutgers University since July 1997 and of the graduate faculty of the Department of Computer Science since April 2009. I have graduated 14 Ph.D. and 48 M.S. students (with thesis), am currently advising 10 Ph.D. students, 4 Masters students, and 4 Undergraduate students. I am mentoring (or have mentored) 4 Postdocs, 1 Research Faculty, 1 Fulbright Scholar and 2 Visiting Researchers. I have supervised 96 independent studies (graduate and undergraduate) and have served on 34 Ph.D. committees (including committees at other universities) and 70 M.S. committees. I also regularly mentor high-school students as part of the Governors School program at Rutgers.