Reliable and High Performance Computing

Computing research at the Coordinated Science Laboratory spans many research areas and involves multiple laboratories and centers on campus. This discipline covers everything from VLSI design and chip architecture to algorithms and protocol research. Computing has longstanding core strengths in parallel computer architecture, dependable and trustworthy systems, computer security and mobile computing.


Parallel Computing

Computing co-hosts several large initiatives in advanced parallel computing, such as the Intel/Microsoft-sponsored Universal Parallel Computing Research Center, the NSF Blue Waters PetaScale Computing Center and the NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence. This large-scale activity has made CSL and the University of Illinois a focal point in the future of parallel, multi-core computing.

Wireless Networking & Distributed Systems

Wireless networking research in Computing pertains to a wide range of networks, including infrastructure-based wireless networks, mesh networks, mobile ad hoc networks, sensor networks and vehicular networks. Topics of interest include cross-layer protocols for efficiently utilizing wireless spectrum, security and privacy mechanisms for wireless networks, mobile applications, multimedia over wireless networks, and testbeds for wireless network evaluation.

Trust and Security

Computing is at the forefront of computer security research, which models novel attack defenses and builds extremely robust systems. The Coordinated Science Laboratory co-hosts projects such as the Trusted Illiac and Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid that provide the resources to address pressing problems facing the information society. Through the Information Trust Institute, researchers are able to collaborate with colleagues across other departments and colleges in order to obtain the broad perspective necessary to build trustworthy computing systems.


Group Contact:
Carol Wisniewski: 251 CSL
Phone: (217) 244-7171

Research Faculty


Reliable and High Performance Computing Research News

Wen-Mei Hwu

Hwu elected IEEE TCuARCH chair

02/20/2018 - 14:30   CSL Professor Wen-Mei W Hwu, AMD Jerry Sanders Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently elected the IEEE Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture (TCuARCH) Chair.
William H. Sanders

Sanders testifies at Congressional hearing on resiliency

10/18/2017 - 16:00   ECE Department Head and CSL Professor William H. Sanders speaks to Congress about electric grid and cyber resiliency.
CSL Assistant Professor Andrew Miller

Illinois team takes first in cryptocurrency competition

08/11/2017 - 11:45   The award was presented by CSL Assistant Professor Andrew Miller, IC3 Associate Director.
Homa Alemzadeh and her co-advisers Ravi Iyer and Zbigniew Kalbarczyk

Homa Alemzadeh receives Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability

08/02/2017 - 14:30   Alemzadeh worked with CSL Professor Ravi Iyer and graduated in February 2016. She is now an assistant professor in ECE at the University of Virginia.
Shannon Chen

CSL alumnus Shannon Chen receives SIGMM Outstanding PhD Thesis Award

07/31/2017 - 11:00   Chen defended in May 2016 and worked in CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt’s lab and now works at Facebook as a research scientist on the 360 media team.