Computational Systems and Technology

ISI is one of the world’s leaders in computing technologies, ranging from basic and applied research to hands-on development. Our Computational Sciences and Technology (CS&T) group focuses on:

  • Adaptive parallel execution, including high-performance, heterogeneous cloud computing, multicore software, reconfigurable computing and wireless networks;
  • Computational Sciences, including quantum computing, compilers and big data; decision systems; microarchitecture and integrated circuits; science automation technologies; and social networks research.

From Theoretical to Hands-on

Our current initiatives include theoretical adiabatic quantum computing through the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center and hardware security through the Secure and Robust Electronics Center. CS&T projects include software for compilers and clouds, and hardware-software design of unique chips and field-programmable gate arrays. We're also exploring algorithms and data structures to help understand and control large-scale, complex systems such as oil field geometry, megacity emergency response and legacy software security.

CS&T teams are creating wireless networking technologies for battlefields and other difficult environments, along with social media for people who lack trustworthy Internet access. We’re advancing our scientific automation tools – which enable researchers to focus on conducting science, not managing data – already used by astronomers, physicists and earthquake specialists. Our team also is deeply involved in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s smart grid project citywide.

Intellectual Leadership, Diverse Expertise

We provide intellectual leadership within the broader research community through projects such as the multi-institutional Institute for Sustained Performance, Energy and Resilience (SUPER) supercomputing project, a group of four national laboratories and seven other universities seeking to alleviate the tedious burden of importing large-scale code from one computing system to another.

Our 60 computing technologies researchers, research programmers and graduate students represent a wide range of disciplines, including electrical engineering, computer science, physics, math, and psychology. Led by Stephen P. Crago, CS&T researchers are based in Arlington, Virginia and in Marina del Rey, California.