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VMware 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowships

VMware 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowships

VMware has awarded four Graduate Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Baris Kasikci
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

2014 VMware Summer Intern with the Management Platform Group

Baris is a PhD student at the Dependable Systems Laboratory at EPFL, led by Prof. George Candea. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a software engineer for four years, mainly developing real time embeddedsystems software. Baris received his B.S and M.S degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University,Ankara, Turkey in 2006 and 2009 respectively. His research is centered around building techniques, tools and environments that will ultimately help developers build more reliable software. He is interested in finding solutions that will allow programmers to debug their code in an easier way. In this regard, he strives to find efficient ways to deal with concurrency bugs in general, and data races in particular.


Lanyue Lu
University of Wisconsin

2014 VMware Summer Intern with the Core Storage Group

Lanyue Lu is a Ph.D. student of Computer Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research focuses on file and storage systems. He conducted the first comprehensive study of Linux file system evolution by analyzing eight years of file-system changes for six popular file systems. He is currently building an isolation file system to provide fine-grained fault isolation, quick recovery and high scalability for a shared file system. He works under the guidance of Prof. Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau and Prof. Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, as a member of ADvanced Systems Lab (ADSL) and Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Datacenters in Madison (WISDoM). He received his M.S. from Rice University and B.E. from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).


Muntasir Raihan Rahman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014 VMware Summer Intern with the SAS & Availability Group

Muntasir Raihan Rahman is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Distributed Protocols Research Group (DPRG) led by his advisor Indranil Gupta. His current research is focused on mechanisms and algorithms for measuring and enforcing consistency based service level agreements in distributed storage systems. In the past he has worked on priority scheduling for map-reduce clusters, distributed run-time for actor programming models, and resource allocation algorithms for network virtualization. Muntasir has completed research internships at Microsoft Research, HP Labs, and Xerox Labs. He received a B.Sc. degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2006, and the M. Math degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 2010.


Yiqi Xu
Florida International University

2014 VMware Summer Intern with DRM

Yiqi Xu’s research focus is in the resource management of big-data systems, including parallel and distributed storage systems. His projects include vPFS, a framework that supports diverse plugins to achieve different types of Quality of Service (QoS) for parallel storage systems running in high-performance systems. This framework employs proxy-based file system virtualization technique to enforce global fair share of storage bandwidth with minimal overhead. His most current project IBIS is particularly concentrated on the cooperation between CPU scheduler and I/O scheduler in a distributed and scalable manner. IBIS also recognizes the complex I/O phases and access patterns of a typical cloud application (such as Map/Reduce applications), thus can guarantee QoS for data-intensive cloud applications. Yiqi also conducted intensive research on the topic of automatic application resource demand estimation in the cloud system while he was an intern in VMware in summer 2013.
Yiqi obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Fudan University in 2004 and is now pursuing Ph.D. in the School of Computing and Information Sciences in FIU. Since 2009, he has been working with Dr. Ming Zhao in the Laboratory of Virtualized Infrastructure, Systems and Applications (VISA) in the School of Computing and Information Sciences.

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