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Wei Zhang

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I am Wei Zhang, currently a software engineer at Microsoft Azure Networking.

I received my B.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Hebei University Of Economics & Business in 2006 and M.S. degree in Computer Science from Yan Shan University in 2008. I started my PhD life at Beihang University in 2008, advised by Prof. Mingfa Zhu. From November 2012 to October 2014, I participated in an international PhD program as a visitor student at the George Washington University and joined the PhD program in January 2015, advised by Prof. Timothy Wood. I received PhD degree from Beihang University in June 2015. I received my second Phd degree from GWU university at August 2018.

Research Interests:

  • Cloud computing and virtualiztion technologies
  • Distributed system
  • Network and storage system
  • Resource disaggregation

Internships

  • Research Intern, HP Labs, System Software Group, July 2017 to June 2018
    • Memory disaggregation with fast network through Gen-Z
  • R&D Intern, VMWare/Nicira NSX Edge team, Feb 2017 to April 2017
    • High performance edge platform for NSX
  • Research Intern, Futurewei Research lab, Sep 2016 to Jan 2017
    • High performance and scalable networking platform
  • Research Intern, AT&T Research lab, Cloud Service Group, June 2016 to Aug 2016
    • Towards an OS for the network data plane with FastPaaS
  • R&D Intern, Baidu Infrastructure Group, Nov 2014 to Jan 2015
    • Improve Openstack Neutron networking performance
  • R&D Intern, Oracle Solaris NIC Group, July 2012 to Nov 2012
    • Learn e1000g, S11 NIC PV driver and test scripts, repeat bugs

Publications

Conferences, Workshops and Posters

  • Haris Volos, Kimberly Keeton, Yupu Zhang, Milind Chabbi, Sekwon Lee, Mark Lillibridge, Yuvraj Patel, Wei Zhang. Memory-Oriented Distributed Computing at Rack Scale, Submitted.
  • Haris Volos, Kimberly Keeton, Yupu Zhang, Milind Chabbi, Sekwon Lee, Mark Lillibridge, Yuvraj Patel, Wei Zhang. Software challenges for persistent fabric-attached memory, OSDI Poster, 2018.
  • Haris Volos, Kimberly Keeton, Yupu Zhang, Milind Chabbi, Sekwon Lee, Mark Lillibridge, Yuvraj Patel, Wei Zhang. Memory-Oriented Distributed Computing at Rack Scale, SOCC Poster, 2018.
  • Wei Zhang, Abhigyan Sharma and Timothy Wood. Model-Based Load Balancing for High Performance Network Data Planes, NSDI Poster, 2018.
  • Wei Zhang, Timothy Chong, John Byrne, Milind Chabbi, Harumi Kuno, Michael Lough, Nic McDonald, Sriram Narasimnhan, Bill Scherer, Rob Schreiber, Tuan Tran, Lorenzo Martinico, Cindy Orazco, Khemraj Shukla. How to Co-Design Chickens and Eggs: A Simulation Environment for HPE Exascale Hardware, Tech HP Internal Conference, 2018.
  • Wei Zhang, Abhigyan Sharma, Kaustubh Joshi and Timothy Wood. SOSR, Los Angeles, CA, 2018.
  • Sameer G Kulkarni, Wei Zhang, Jinho Hwang, Shriram Rajagopalan, K.K. Ramakrishnan, Timothy Wood, Mayutan Arumaithurai and Xiaoming Fu. NFVnice: Dynamic Backpressure and Scheduling for NFV Service Chains, SIGCOMM, 2017.
  • Wei Zhang, Abhigyan Sharma, Kaustubh Joshi and Timothy Wood. Towards an OS for the Network Data Plane with FastPaaS, SOSR Poster, 2017.
  • Wei Zhang, Jinho Hwang, Shriram Rajagopalan, K.K. Ramakrishnan and Timothy Wood. Flurries: Countless Fine-Grained NFs for Flexible Per-Flow Customization, Conext, 2016.
  • Wei Zhang, Guyue Liu, Ali Mohammadkhan , Jinho Hwang, K.K. Ramakrishnan and Timothy Wood. SDNFV: Flexible and Dynamic Software Defined Control of an Application-and Flow-Aware Data Plane. Middleware, 2016.
  • Wei Zhang, Guyue Liu, Wenhui Zhang, Neel Shah, Phil Lopreiato, Gregoire Todeschi, K.K. Ramakrishnan and Timothy Wood. OpenNetVM: A Platform for High Performance Network Service Chains, HotMiddlebox, 2016.
  • Wei Zhang, Timothy Wood and Jinho Hwang. NetKV: Scalable, Self-Managing, Load Balancing as a Network Function. The 13th IEEE Conference on Automonic Computing (ICAC, best paper award), 2016.
  • Wei Zhang, Jinho Hwang, Shriram Rajagopalan, K.K. Ramakrishnan and Timothy Wood. Performance Management Challenges for Virtual Network Functions, 2nd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), 2016.
  • Wei Zhang and Timothy Wood. AutoONVM: Automatic NFV Management for High Performance and Efficient Resource Usage. SOSP Diversity workshop, 2015.
  • Sundaresan Rajasekaran, Shaohua Duan, Wei Zhang and Timothy Wood. Multi-Cache: Dynamic, Efficient Partitioning for Multi-tier Caches in Consolidated VM Environments. SOSP poster, 2015.
  • Sundaresan Rajasekaran, Shaohua Duan, Wei Zhang and Timothy Wood. Multi-Cache: Dynamic, Efficient Partitioning for Multi-tier Caches in Consolidated VM Environments. IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (IC2E) 2015.
  • Wei Zhang, Guyue Liu, Timothy Wood , K.K. Ramakrishnan and Jinho Hwang. SDNFV:Towards a Flexible and Dynamic Smart Data plane. NSDI poster, 2015.
  • Ali Mohammadkhan, Sheida Ghapani, Guyue Liu, Wei Zhang, K. K. Ramakrishnan and Timothy Wood. Virtual Function Placement and Traffic Steering in Flexible and Dynamic Software Defined Networks. IEEE LANMAN, 2015.
  • Ali Mohammadkhan, Guyue Liu, Wei Zhang, K.K. Ramakrishnan, Timothy Wood. Protocols to Support Autonomy and Control for NFV in Software Defined Networks. IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization & Software Defined Networks (IEEE NFV-SDN), 2015.
  • Wei Zhang, Timothy Wood, K.K. Ramakrishnan and Jinho Hwang. SmartSwitch: Blurring the Line Between Network Infrastructure \& Cloud Applications. Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud), 2014.
  • Wei Zhang, Timothy Wood, H. Howie Huang, Jinho Hwang and K.K. Ramakrishnan. Load Balancing of Heterogeneous Workloads in Memcached Clusters. Usenix International Workshop on Feedback Computing, 2014.
  • Wei Zhang, Sundaresan Rajasekaran, Timothy Wood, Mingfa Zhu. MIMP: Deadline and Interference Aware Scheduling of Hadoop Virtual Machines, IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 2014.
  • Wei Zhang, Sundaresan Rajasekaran and Timothy Wood. Big Data in the Background: Maximizing Productivity while Minimizing Virtual Machine Interference, Workshop on Architectures and Systems for Big Data (ASBD), co-located with ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), 2013.
  • Jinho Hwang, Wei Zhang, Ron C. Chiang, Timothy Wood, and H. Howie Huang, UniCache: Hypervisor Managed Data Storage in RAM and Flash, IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), 2014.
  • Wei Zhang, Mingfa Zhu, Yiduo Mei, Limin Xiao, Li Ruan, Tao Gong, Tao Li,Yunwei Gao, Yuzhong Sun. LVMCI:Efficient and Effective VM Live Migration Selection Scheme in Virtualized Data Centers, The 18th IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS), 2012.
  • Wei Zhang, Mingfa Zhu, Tao Gong, Limin Xiao, Li Ruan, Yiduo Mei, Yuzhong Sun. Performance Degradation-aware Virtual Machine Live Migration in Virtualized Servers. The 13th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Applications and Technologies (PDCAT), 2012.
  • Wei Zhang, Mingfa Zhu, Limin Xiao, Ying Song, Yuzhong Sun. Dynamic Resource Management in Virtualized Servers, the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA), 2012.

Journals

  • Timothy Wood , K.K. Ramakrishnan and Jinho Hwang, Guyue Liu and Wei Zhang. Towards a Software-Based Network: Integrating Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization. IEEE Network, 2015.
  • Wei Zhang, Sundaresan Rajasekaran, Shaohua Duan, Timothy Wood and Mingfa Zhu. Minimizing Interference and Maximizing Progress for Hadoop Virtual Machines, ACM SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review, 2015.
  • Wei Zhang, Mingfa Zhu, Li Ruan, Limin Xiao, Jiajun Liu, Yiduo Mei, Ying Song, Yuzhong Sun. SLA-Driven Adaptive Resource Allocation for Virtualized Servers, IEICE Trans. On Information & Systems, Special Section on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networking, 2012.
  • Wei Zhang, Ying Song, Li Ruan, Mingfa Zhu, Limin Xiao. Resource Management in Internet-Oriented Data Centers, Journal of Software, 23(2):179-199, 2012.
  • Wei Zhang, Huan Wang, Binbin Yu, Wei Xu, Mingfa Zhu, Limin Xiao, Li Ruan. A Request Distribution Algorithm for Web Server Cluster. Journal of Networks. 6(12):1760-1766, 2011.

Honors and Awards

Student Awards

  • Cisco Computer Security and Information Assurance Scholarship, May 2016
  • Second prize in 2015 GENI Networking Competition, March 2015
  • Beihang national scholarship, Sep 2014
  • Beihang outstanding graduate student, June 2015
  • Full tuition scholarship from Beihang University, Sep 2008 to Dec 2014
  • Full tuition scholarship from Yanshan University, Sep 2006 to June 2008
  • Scholarship from Hebei University of Economic and Business, Sep 2002 to Jan 2006

Travel Awards

  • Conext Student Travel Grant, Dec 2016
  • SOSP Diversity Workshop Travel Grant, Oct 2015
  • NSDI Travel Grant, May 2015
  • Usenix FCW Travel Grant, June 2014
  • CCGRID Travel Grant, May 2014