Three Hofstra computer engineering students presented their research at the 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this month.
Computer engineering students Jorge Contreras ’17 and Vividh Talwar ’18 and Alexander Speicher ’18 presented, Decentralized Data Center (DDC), which proposed virtualizing data centers using blockchain technology.
Blockchain is an underlying technology in Bitcoin that allows for a secure and distributed digital ledger to store information. This was used to create an incentive-based system using smart contracts that would open the door for virtually any computer owner to earn money by renting out their computers to data centers similar to how drivers can “rent” out their car as a taxi through Uber. Existing data center operators benefit by being able to expand their computer capabilities at a lower cost.
The students were advised by Oren Segal, assistant professor of computer science .
“The conference was a fantastic and memorable experience,” Contreras said. “We were able to conduct and present our research, meet like-minded individuals, and attend amazing lectures from experts in fields of quantum computing and artificial intelligence.”
The mission of the 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference is to bring undergraduates from around the world together to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology.