Welcome to Feng Yan's Homepage

Feng is a PhD candidate in Computer Science Department, The College of William and Mary. His advisor is Professor Evgenia Smirni. He got his B.S. degree from Northeastern University and M.S. degree from The College of William and Mary. His hometown is Jiangsu, China. His Chinese name is 颜枫.

I am on the job market for industrial research and tenure-track faculty positions starting Fall'16. Application materials are available upon request (email me at fyan at cs dot wm dot edu).

Research Interests

Big Data, Cloud Computing, Performance Modeling and Evaluation, Distributed Systems, Deep Learning, MapReduce, Tiered Storage Systems, Scheduling, Data Analysis, Queuing Theory, Power Management


  • Research Intern (mentor: Yuxiong He), Microsoft Research, Redmond, July 2014 - Present
  • Research Intern (mentor: Lucy Cherkasova), Systems Research Lab (SIMPL), HP Labs, July 2013 - June 2014
  • Research Assistant, College of William and Mary, May 2010 - Present
  • Teaching Assistant, College of William and Mary, August 2009 - April 2010
  • Internship, Jiangsu Yuyue Medical Equipment & Supply Company Limited, October 2008 - July 2009
  • Research Assistant, Northeastern University, June 2008 - September 2008
  • Skills

  • Experience: Distributed Deep Learning Systems, Hadoop, Data Analysis, Simulation, Workload Characterization, Performance Evaluation of Systems
  • Benchmarks: SPEC, TPCW, TPCC, RUBiS, iPerf, VTune, ImageNet, MNIST
  • Programming Languages: C, C++, Java, Shell, Awk, OpenMP
  • Tools: Matlab, Gnuplot, Maple, LaTex, Xfig, Vim, SYSSTAT, SQL, Tomcat
  • Recent Publications