Welcome to Feng Yan's Homepage

Feng is going to join the Computer Science & Engineering Department at University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in summer 2016. Feng earned both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Computer Science Department at College of William and Mary. His advisor is Professor Evgenia Smirni. He got his B.S. degree from Northeastern University. His hometown is Jiangsu, China. His Chinese name is 颜枫.

PhD/M.S. (with TA/RA support) Openings: I am looking for self-motivated students to work with me and will provide TA/RA support (no related background is required, I will train you. But relevant background is always a plus). If you are interested, please send me your CV, and other materials that you believe will help you get the position (e.g., Research Statement, Personal Statement, Publication, TOEFL, GRE, Transcripts, Awards, etc.). Please email me at fyan at email.wm.edu.

Research Interests

Big Data, Cloud Computing, Data Analysis, Resource Management, Distributed Deep Learning, MapReduce, Time Series Analysis and Prediction, Performance Modeling and Evaluation, Tiered Storage Systems, Scheduling, 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, Benchmarking,
                             Simulation, Workload characterization, Performance evaluation and optimization
                             of systems
  • Benchmarks: SPEC, TPCW, TPCC, RUBiS, iPerf, VTune, ImageNet, CIFAR, MNIST
  • Programming Languages: C, C++, Java, Matlab, Shell Script, Awk, OpenMP, Maple
  • Tools: SYSSTAT, Tomcat, Gnuplot, LaTex, Xfig
  • Recent Publications