Improving Programmability and Performance for Mobile/Cloud Applications

Monday, February 20, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
CS 1240

Speaker Name: 

Irene Zhang

Speaker Institution: 

University of Washington



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The proliferation of datacenters, smartphones, personal sensing and
tracking devices, and home automation products is fundamentally
changing the applications we interact with daily. Today's popular
user applications are no longer limited to a single desktop computer
but now commonly span many mobile devices and cloud servers. In this
talk, I will present three systems that improve the programmability
and performance of modern mobile/cloud applications: Sapphire, Diamond
and TAPIR. These systems tackle a new set of application challenges
in runtime management, data management, and distributed transactional
storage. Together, they significantly simplify the development of new
mobile/cloud applications.

Irene Zhang is a fifth-year PhD student at the University of
Washington. She works with Hank Levy and Arvind Krishnamurthy in the
Computer Systems Lab. Her current research focuses on systems for
large-scale, distributed applications, including distributed runtime
systems and transactional storage systems. Before starting her PhD,
Irene worked for three years at VMware in the virtual machine monitor
group. Irene received her S.B. and M. Eng. in computer science from
MIT, where she worked with Frans Kaashoek in the Parallel and
Distributed Operating Systems Lab.