Yiying Zhang


Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0404
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404
Office: CSE 3124

Email: yiying@ucsd.edu

CV      Research Lab




I am looking for motivated students with skills in building and hacking complex software and/or hardware systems and a passion for doing fun research in the broad systems area. Please contact me directly if you are interested in joining WukLab.


My main research interests span operating systems, distributed systems, computer architecture, and datacenter networking. I also work on the intersection of systems and security, programming language, and ML/AI. I lead WukLab, a systems research lab at UCSD. I am currently exploring new ways to build software, hardware, and networking systems for the next-generation datacenters. Find more about my ongoing research on resource disaggregation, non-volatile memory, and datacenter networking. In the past, I have worked on various aspects of file and storage systems.

I won the NSF CAREER award in 2019, an OSDI best paper award in 2018, and a SYSTOR best paper award in 2019. I have served (or will serve) as a program committee member of OSDI'20, WORD'19 (co-chair), SoCC'19, HotOS'19, SOSP'19, FAST'19, ASPLOS'19, OSDI'18, SoCC'18, USENIX ATC'18, ASPLOS'18, SoCC'17, HotStorage'17, ASPLOS'17 (external), Micro'16 (external), FAST'16, SoCC'15, Micro'15 (external), MSST'15, INFLOW'15, and HotStorage'14.

Before joining UCSD, I was an assistant professor at Purdue ECE from 2015 to 2019. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Recent Publications

"Learned" Operating Systems
Yiying Zhang, Yutong Huang
ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review 53(1): 40-45 (2019)

Pythia: Remote Oracles for the Masses
Shin-Yeh Tsai, Mathias Payer, Yiying Zhang
To appear at the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX SEC '19)

Storm: A Fast Transactional Dataplane for Remote Data Structures
Stanko Novakovic, Yizhou Shan, Aasheesh Kolli, Michael Cui, Yiying Zhang, Haggai Eran, Liran Liss, Michael Wei, Dan Tsafrir, Marcos Aguilera
Proceedings of the 12th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR '19 ) (Best Paper Award)

Understanding Real-World Concurrency Bugs in Go
Tengfei Tu, Xiaoyu Liu, Linhai Song, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS '19)

LegoOS: A Disseminated, Distributed OS for Hardware Resource Disaggregation
Yizhou Shan, Yutong Huang, Yilun Chen, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 13th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '18) (Best Paper Award)

LITE Kernel RDMA Support for Datacenter Applications
Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 26th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '17)


Full publication list


Teaching

Fall 2019: CSE 291 Modern Datacenter Systems

(at Purdue) Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016: ECE 469 Operating Systems Engineering (undergraduate level)
(at Purdue) Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016: ECE 695 Modern Datacenter Systems (graduate level)
(at Purdue) Fall 2015: ECE 565 Computer Architecture (graduate level)


News

10/2019

Gave a talk on "(Enjoy) Research in Academia" at SOSP'19 Diversity Workshop. Slides.


09/2019

Started working at UCSD.


07/2019

"Learned OS" paper appears at ACM SIGOPS OSR issue on AI Systems.


06/2019

Started a summer visit at Databricks.


06/2019

The Storm paper won the best paper award at SYSTOR '19.


05/2019

Received an NSF CAREER award (on resource disaggregation).


05/2019

Pythia paper (RDMA side-channel attack) accepted to USENIX Security '19.


05/2019

Interviewed by Jexia on Go concurrency study. Read more.


04/2019

Awarded Amazon AWS Cloud Credits for Research Program.


04/2019

RDMA security paper accepted to HotCloud '19.


04/2019


03&04/2019

Visited Stanford, UCSD, USC, Wisconsin, UIUC and gave talks on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


03/2019

Gave two talks on low-cost resource disaggregation and hardware implementation of disaggregated NVM at NVMW'19.


12/2018

LegoOS is featured in the Frontiers Magazine. Read more.


11/2018

Go concurrency bug paper accepted to ASPLOS'19.


10&11/2018

Gave talks on resource disaggregation at UT Austin, Washington, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.


10/2018

LegoOS won best paper award at OSDI'18.