Congrats to Dr. Zahra Najafabadi Samani on her doctoral defense

On 14.07.2023, Zahra Najafabadi Samani successfully defended her doctoral studies with the thesis on the title: “Resource-Aware Time-Critical Application Placement in the Computing Continuum” under the supervision of Prof. Radu Prodan and Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Schöffmann at ITEC. Her defense was chaired by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Timmerer and examined by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Fahringer (Leopold Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, AT) and Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Attila Kertesz (University of Szeged, HU).
During her doctoral study, she contributed to ARTICONF and DataCloud EU H2020 projects.
Zahra will continue as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Leopold Franzens-Universität Innsbruck.

The abstract of her disseration is as follows:

The rapid expansion of time-critical applications with substantial demands on high bandwidth and ultra-low latency pose critical challenges for Cloud data centers. To address time-critical application demands, the computing continuum emerged as a new distributed platform that extends the Cloud toward nearby Edge and Fog resources, substantially decreasing communication latency and network traffic. However, the distributed and heterogeneous nature of the computing continuum with sporadic availability of devices may result in service failures and deadline violations, significantly negating its advantages for hosting time-critical applications and lowering users’ satisfaction. Additionally, the dense deployment and intense competition for limited nearby resources pose resource utilization challenges. To tackle these problems, this thesis investigates the problem of resource-aware time-critical application placement with constraint deadlines and various demands in the heterogeneous computing continuum with three main contributions:
 1. A multilayer resource partitioning model for placing time-critical applications to minimize resource wastage while maximizing deadline satisfaction;
 2. An adaptive placement for dynamic computing continuum with sporadic device availability to minimize resource wastage and maximize deadline satisfaction;
 3. A proactive service level agreement-aware placement method, leveraging distributed monitoring to enhance deadline satisfaction and service success.