For example, if you are located in Mumbai and want to download a movie that happens to be located in New York, it will take longer to download then if the movie was located in Delhi. This has led to more businesses storing data in several locations to make it quicker to access, but also increasing their costs.
Goutam Sen is undertaking research at the IITB-Monash Research Academy that is looking how to optimise the location of data in multiple locations whilst at the same time minimising the overall data communication cost. “I am always impatient when it takes time to download items. As an end-user, I always prefer quick downloads and it is equally important for the service providers to minimise their costs when they replicate and distribute content. This project offers me an insight into the power of optimisation techniques in maintaining data cost-effectively whilst also meeting the needs of the end-users” comments Sen.
This research is being undertaken under the guidance of Professor Narayan Rangaraj and Assistant Professor Vishnu Narayanan (from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India), Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy (from Monash University, Australia and CEO IITB-Monash Research Academy) and Professor David Abramson (from Monash University, Australia). IITB-Monash Research Academy is a Joint Venture between the IITB and Monash. Opened in 2008, the IITB-Monash Research Academy is a graduate research school located in Mumbai that aims at enhancing research collaborations between Australia and India. Students study for a dual PhD from both institutions, and spend time during their research in both India and Australia.