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Winner of the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2015

Yufei Ren from Stony Brook University, New York - wins the 2015 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award is an annual award that aims to recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and presentation. This year, the award committee considered 15 excellent dissertation submissions from universities around the world  - Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Tech, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Australian National University, University College Dublin, University of Lisbon,  Colorado State University, University of Malaya, etc.

The winning dissertation from Yufei Ren of New York’s Stony Brook University, nominated by Professor Dantong Yu, is about scalable end-to-end data I/O over enterprise and datacenter networks. The committee particularly appreciates the insights presented in this dissertation for improving data-intensive applications in data centers from a holistic perspective. The practically oriented work across multiple layers of the networked storage stack coupled with the solid experiments drew praise from the committee members. The award is to be handed over at the ICPE 2016 Conference in the Netherlands in March 2016 (

In addition to selecting the winner, the committee decided to recognize one dissertation with honorable mention. This is the dissertation of Cong Xu, nominated by Professor Yuan Xie of the Pennsylvania State University, for contributions to modeling, circuit design and microarchitecture of emerging resistive memory.

The award selection committee for 2015 chaired by Prof. Lizy Kurian John of the University of Texas at Austin, consisted of the following members:

  • Mauricio Breternitz, AMD, USA,
  • Yao-Min Chen, Oracle, USA
  • Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Dell, USA
  • Seetharami Seelam, IBM, USA
  • Petr Tuma, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Zhibin Yu, China Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS, China

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group. Contributions of interest span the design of metrics for system evaluation as well as the development of methodologies, techniques and tools for measurement, load testing, profiling, workload characterization, dependability and efficiency evaluation of computing systems.