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MetaLab is a group of scientists who explore the properties of hardware and software systems at a meta level. With modern computer systems growing in complexity far beyond the ability of humans to reason about them, this means building machine-based capabilities to model, reason about and control these systems. Our group works on this problem in many different dimensions and across many application domains, ultimately aiming to build a complete fundamental understanding of how we can express and reason about all forms of computational system at a higher level. Members of the group have expertise in research areas spanning cloud computing, datacenters, many-core systems, networking, IoTs, middleware, compilers, and runtime optimisation.

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Recent News


Best Paper Award at PACT 2017
Metalab researcher, Zheng Wang, has won the best paper award in The 26th International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation
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MetaLab Researcher wins EPSRC Grant to study Internet-slowing ‘stragglers’
Dr. Peter Garraghan has received funding from the EPSRC to model and predict stragglers within Internet-based distributed systems. The aim
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UK-China Collaboration Reduces Datacenter Energy Consumption by 40%
MetaLab researcher Peter Garraghan in collaboration with Zhejiang University, China have proposed a new technique to dramatically reduce energy consumption of datacenters.
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Lancaster Researcher Identifies Next Generation Failures in Digital Infrastructure
Computer scientists have long known about a phenomenon in cloud data centres called ‘stragglers’ that significantly slow down tasks. However,
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Best Paper Award in CGO 2017!
Metalab researcher, Zheng Wang, has won the best paper award in The International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) 2017.
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MetaLab researcher identifies Android pattern lock vulnerability
Our findings suggest that using Pattern Lock to protect sensitive information could actually be very risky. The popular Pattern Lock
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