Yiying Zhang

Assistant Professor
School of Electrical and Computer and Engineering
Department of Computer Science (Courtesy)
Purdue University

465 Northwestern Ave
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2035
Office: EE 330

Phone: (765) 494-5916

Email: yiying@purdue.edu

CV      Research Lab

I am looking for motivated students with skills in building and hacking complex software and/or hardware systems and a passion for doing fun research in the broad systems area. Please contact me directly if you are interested in joining WukLab. For more information about Purdue Computer Engineering and grad admission, please visit here.

My main research interests span operating systems, distributed systems, computer architecture, and datacenter networking. I also work on the intersection of systems and security, programming language, and ML/AI. I lead WukLab, a systems research lab at Purdue. I am currently exploring new ways to build software, hardware, and networking systems for the next-generation datacenters. Find more about my ongoing research on resource disaggregation, non-volatile memory, and datacenter networking. In the past, I have worked on various aspects of file and storage systems.

I won the NSF CAREER award in 2019 and an OSDI best paper award in 2018. I have served (or will serve) as a program committee member of WORD'19 (co-chair), SoCC'19, HotOS'19, SOSP'19, FAST'19, ASPLOS'19, OSDI'18, SoCC'18, USENIX ATC'18, ASPLOS'18, SoCC'17, HotStorage'17, ASPLOS'17 (external), Micro'16 (external), FAST'16, SoCC'15, Micro'15 (external), MSST'15, INFLOW'15, and HotStorage'14.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was then a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California,San Diego.

Recent Publications

Pythia: Remote Oracles for the Masses
Shin-Yeh Tsai, Mathias Payer, Yiying Zhang
To appear at the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX SEC '19)

Understanding Real-World Concurrency Bugs in Go
Tengfei Tu, Xiaoyu Liu, Linhai Song, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS '19)

LegoOS: A Disseminated, Distributed OS for Hardware Resource Disaggregation
Yizhou Shan, Yutong Huang, Yilun Chen, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 13th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '18) (Best Paper Award)

LITE Kernel RDMA Support for Datacenter Applications
Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yiying Zhang
Proceedings of the 26th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '17)

Full publication list



Received an NSF CAREER award (on resource disaggregation).


Pythia paper (RDMA side-channel attack) accepted to USENIX Security '19.


Interviewed by Jexia on Go concurrency study. Read more.


Awarded Amazon AWS Cloud Credits for Research Program.


RDMA security paper accepted to HotCloud '19.



Visited Stanford and gave a talk on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


Visited UCSD and gave a talk on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


Visited USC and gave a talk on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


Visited Wisconsin and gave a talk on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


Visited UIUC and gave a talk on software and hardware resource disaggregation.


Gave two talks on low-cost resource disaggregation and hardware implementation of disaggregated NVM at NVMW'19.


LegoOS is featured in the Frontiers Magazine. Read more.


Go concurrency bug paper accepted to ASPLOS'19.


Gave talks on resource disaggregation at UT Austin, Washington, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.


LegoOS won best paper award at OSDI'18.


Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016: ECE 469 Operating Systems Engineering (undergraduate level)
Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016: ECE 695 Modern Datacenter Systems (graduate level)
Fall 2015: ECE 565 Computer Architecture (graduate level)