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Zaid Al-Ars

Zaid Al-Ars is an associate professor in the Delft University of Technology, where he leads the research and education activities of the Accelerated Big Data Systems group. His work focuses on addressing the bottlenecks in big data application scalability on heterogeneous multicore architectures and proposing optimized solution alternatives for system performance, memory, power, reliability, etc. His research interests include:

  • Analysis and development of heterogeneous multicore systems to accelerate big data applications such as genomics
  • Methods for application domain analysis and mapping to appropriate heterogeneous architectures (CPU, GPU, FPGA)
  • Design and optimization of interconnect solutions to improve system performance and relieve data transfer bottlenecks
  • Design, characterization and test process improvement for multicore systems using the abundant computational resources available in these systems

Zaid is also a co-founder of Bluebee, a high-tech startup active in the intersection between the fields of cloud computing, high-performance computing and genomics applications. He also worked and collaborated with various tech industry heavyweights, such as Siemens, Infineon, Philips and IBM, and serves on the advisory board of a number of high-tech startups. Zaid received numerous awards in recognition for his research contribution, such as the IBM Faculty Award and the Xilinx Research Grant. He is regularly invited to give talks on big data technology and commercialization both in industry and academia. Zaid has a long and successful history managing and executing industrial projects at the national, European as well as the international level. He has two patents and published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.