December 2, 2015


Research Experience for Undergraduates

Solid State Drive based Storage Caching for Cloud Computing Systems (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013)

The objective of this CREU-sponsored project is to study solid state drive (SSD) based storage solutions for cloud computing systems. <Read More>


  • Gregory Jean Baptise
  • Jorge Cabrera
  • Adrian Suarez


Cloud Computing of Traditional High-performance Applications (Spring 2011 – Summer 2011)

This project studies the performance of traditional high-performance applications (with high communication-to-computation ratio) on the emerging cloud computing systems. Based on our findings, we will investigate techniques to address the challenges raised by such systems, for example, dynamic resource availability and complex performance interference, and enable traditional message passing interface (MPI) based applications to obtain good performance on clouds.


  • Carlos Davila
  • Emmanuel Sacristan


Storage Caching for High-performance and Cloud Computing Systems (Spring 2011 – Summer 2011)

This project studies the use of block-level storage caching to improve the performance of applications in traditional high-performance computing and emerging cloud computing systems. The development will be based on dm-cache, a generic block-level caching utility which supports transparent block-level caching for different storage systems. <Read More>


  • Stephen Bromfield
  • Abraham Ciokler
  • Douglas Otstott


QoS-driven Storage Management for High-end Computing Systems (Fall 2010 – Spring 2011)

This NSF HECURA project tackles the challenges in quality of service (QoS) driven HEC storage management, aiming to support I/O bandwidth guarantees in PFSs. <Read More>


  • Eduardo Castillo
  • Rachel Chávez
  • Alejandro Fuste
  • Yesenia Sosa
  • Sebastian Zanlongo


To Prospective Students:

We are looking for undergraduate students who are interested in computer systems to join our research at the VISA laboratory. Our current projects include research on virtualization, high-performance systems, and cloud computing, etc.

The benefits for the students include:

  • Training in systems programming and experimentation (C, Linux, etc.)
  • Training in research skills (technical reading, writing, and presentations)
  • Paid on a hourly basis

The requirements for the students include:

  • Willing to work at least 10 hours per week
  • Graduating in summer 2011 or later
  • US citizen or permanent resident

More information about the projects and researchers in the VISA research lab can be found on this website.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Dr. Zhao with your (unofficial) transcript and resume.