Eli M. Dow  Eli M. Dow photo       

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Smarter Planet Initiatives, Master Inventor
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



Current Research Focus

Eli is a researcher, author, and inventor, currently leading IBM’s research efforts for the development of a comprehensive environmental monitoring and management platform for the Jefferson Project at Lake George, NY. The Jefferson Project is a partnership between IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and The Fund for Lake George. The Jefferson Project partners are investing several years and several million dollars into solutions that not only improve the health of the lake, but as the Fund stated in its announcement of the project, “guide investment decisions … inform and, indeed, empower the constituency committed to protecting Lake George.” The project has numerous technical challenges including, but not limited to: utilizing existing data, along with new data to develop a number of complex physical and biological models of the lake and surrounding environment.. In parallel, we are deploying a complement of sensors in and around the lake to monitor the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics as was done in similar projects by IBM Research at Galway Bay, Ireland (SmartBay Galway) and the Hudson River in New York (The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries’ River and Estuary Observatory Network). Sensors will drive both a circulation model that describes how water moves within the lake, as well as driving a coupled instance of IBM's Deep Thunder weather modeling, and additional hydrological models, to help us understand the impact of external factors on the lake (e.g., precipitation and roadway salting in the winter). Further efforts will explore incorporating a coupled food web model that explores the impacts upon biological systems at work within the lake as a result of these external factors. The combined sensors and software infrastructure work in concert to form a “cyberphysical system” – a computational and visualization platform to collect data from sensors and to support advanced modeling approaches for Lake George.


Eli's Ph.D. dissertation is in the area of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing optimization, specifically for load balancing and consolidation of virtual machines in a data center. Aspects of his research include peer-to-peer (hypervisor-to-hypervisor) cloud management software for rapid scale out, machine learning applied to virtual machine allocation within a single hypervisor instance, and predictive analytics for rebalancing and consolidating virtual machines across the hypervisors that make up a data center.

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Issued Patents

Non-destructive simulation of a failure in a virtualization environment
United States 8,145,471
Issued March 27, 2012

Method of automatic regression testing
United States 8,132,157
Issued March 6, 2012

Methods, systems, and computer program products for file relocation on a data storage device
United States 8,112,603
Issued February 7, 2012

In-band communication with virtual machines via a hypervisor message bus
United States 7,984,449
Issued July 19, 2011

Dynamically reconfigurable touch screen displays
United States 8,300,022
Issued October 30, 2012

Symmetric Live migration of virtual machines
United Kingdom GB2485730
Issued July 10, 2012

Methods, hardware products, and computer program products for implementing zero-trust policy in storage reports
United States 8307405
Issued November 6, 2012

Method for configuring camera-equipped electronic devices using an encoded mark
United States 8,320,676
Issued November 27, 2012

Method, computer program product, and hardware product for supporting virtual machine guest migration overcommit
United States 8,327,355
Issued December 4, 2012

Methods, hardware products, and computer program products for implementing introspection data comparison utilizing hypervisor guest introspection data
United States 8336099
Issued December 18, 2012

Symmetric live migration of virtual machines
United States 8,370,560
Issued February 5, 2013

Computing system with compile farm
United States US 8589875 B2
Issued November 19, 2013

Method for symmetric live migration of virtual machines
United States 8,635,396
Issued January 21, 2014

Migrating contents of a memory on a virtual machine
United States 8671256
Issued March 11, 2014

Method for migrating contents of a memory on a virtual machine
United States 8661211
Issued February 25, 2014

Automatically generating audible representations of data content based on user preferences
United States 8,670,984
Issued March 12, 2014

Isolating operating system in-memory modules using error injection
United States 8,689,206
Issued April 1, 2014

Utilizing system configuration information to determine a data migration order
United States 8,694,990
Issued April 8, 2014

Preemptive page eviction United States 8,769,221
United States 8,769,221
Issued July 1, 2014

Identification of over-constrained virtual machines
United States 8,843,924
Issued September 23, 2014

Computing system with power requirement evaluation
United States 8,880,908
November 4, 2014

User datagram protocol (UDP) packet migration in a virtual machine (VM) migration
United States 8,910,162
Issued December 9, 2014

User datagram protocol (UDP) packet migration in a virtual machine (VM) migration
United States 8,910,164
Issued December 9, 2014


Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization
Prentice Hall, 2008
ISBN-10: 0132349663
ISBN-13: 978-0132349666

Linux for IBM System z9 and IBM zSeries
IBM Redbooks, 2006
ISBN-10: 0738492590
ISBN-13: 978-0738492599

Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/VM Basics
IBM RedBooks, 2008
ISBN-10: 0738488550 ISBN-13: 978-0738488554

Running KVM
(Presently In production)