Modern data centers operate with hundreds of software systems, running in millions of containers, serving billions of requests per second [Hahn LISA’18]. At such a large scale, high operational flexibility, debuggability, and high reliability are paramount.
At Facebook, we are performing forward-looking research into the area of distributed systems, applying key techniques from the field at Facebook’s scale and sharing our designs, implementations, insights, and data with the community.
To understand the future challenges that have yet to emerge, it is important that Facebook build a strong collaboration pipeline with key experts in academia. Therefore, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty and graduate students to respond to this year’s call for research proposals pertaining to distributed systems.
While all proposals are welcome, we are particularly interested in proposals that address fundamental challenges that arise in distributed systems operating at an extremely large scale. Example topics include:
We anticipate granting eight awards, each in the $50,000 range. In addition, winners will be invited to a Facebook event at one of our data centers for a tour and summit discussing the winning proposals and an opportunity for networking with Facebook engineers.
Visit the distributed systems research awards page to apply and for information about eligibility, timing and dates, and what proposals should include. The application deadline is December 7, 2019.
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