Sulav Malla

After graduation in May 2020, I have accepted the role of Research Scientist at Facebook, Inc. The information in this website may not be up-to-date.

About me

I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida (USF). I joined USF in 2015 and received my M. S. in Computer Science in 2017. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University (2013). I worked as an ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Volunteer at Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office for a year before joining the doctoral program here at USF.

My research interest is in the area of power management of data centers and my advisor is Dr. Ken Christensen. I am investigating safe oversubscription of power infrastructure in data centers as well as energy efficiency of data centers. I also work as a graduate assistant for "Florida IT Pathways to Success" (Flit-Path), an S-STEM project funded by NSF, under the guidance of Dr. Ken Christensen and Dr. Rafael Perez. The main goal of this project is to provide scholarship, tutoring, and mentorship to academically talented but financially needy students at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This is a collaborative research effort between University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and USF.


May 2020:Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering
Mar 2020:Successfully defended by doctoral dissertation (remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic) titled "Towards Safe Power Oversubscription and Energy Efficiency of Data Centers"
Nov 2019:Our paper "HPC in the Cloud: Performance Comparison of Function as a Service (FaaS) vs Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)" (PDF | Link) was accepted to Internet Technology Letters
Oct 2019:Our paper "The Effect of Server Energy Proportionality on Data Center Power Oversubscription" (PDF | Link) was accepted to Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems
Jul 2019:Our paper "Predicting Success for Computer Science Students in CS2 using Grades in Previous Courses" (PDF | Link) was accepted to FIE 2019
May 2019:I spent the summer 2019 at Facebook as a Software Engineering Intern
Mar 2019:Our paper "Choosing the Best Server for a Data Center: The Importance of Workload Weighting" (PDF | Link) was awarded Lance Stafford Larson Student Writing Award
Feb 2019:We were awarded $5,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits for our research "HPC in the Cloud: Function vs Infrastructure as a Service"
Oct 2018:Our survey paper "A Survey on Power Management Techniques for Oversubscription of Multi-Tenant Data Centers" (PDF | Link) was accepted to ACM Computing Surveys
Sep 2018:Our paper "Choosing the Best Server for a Data Center: The Importance of Workload Weighting" (PDF | Link) was accepted to IPCCC 2018
Aug 2018:I was awarded the "Da Vinci Scholarship" for the academic year 2018/2019
May 2018:I taught Program Design, an introductory C programming language class, for summer 2018
Apr 2018:I was elected as the EXPO chair of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society for the academic year 2018/2019
Oct 2017:Our submission was awarded honorable mention for "Good Facilitation of Single Image Analysis" at IEEE VIS 2017
Aug 2017:I was awarded the "Spirit of Innovation Scholarship" for the academic year 2017/2018
Jun 2017:I served as President of Nepalese Students Association (NeSA) at University of South Florida for the academic year 2017/2018
May 2017:Completed M.S. in Computer Science
Apr 2017:Our paper "Reducing Power Use and Enabling Oversubscription in Multi-Tenant Data Centers Using Local Price" (PDF | Link) was accepted to ICAC 2017
Sep 2016:Passed Ph.D. qualifying exam
Aug 2015:Started graduate school at University of South Florida