Irene Y. Zhang

Ph. D. student
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Bio & Background

I work with Hank Levy and Arvind Krishnamurthy in the Computer Systems Lab. My current research focuses on systems for large-scale, distributed applications, including mobile/cloud runtime platforms and transactional storage systems. Before starting my PhD, I worked for three years at VMware in the virtual machine monitor group on virtual machine checkpointing and memory management. I received my S.B. and M.Eng. in computer science from MIT, where I worked with Frans Kaashoek in the Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems group. I was born in Beijing, China but spent most of my time growing up in Columbus, Indiana. My husband and I cook, travel and occasionally do computer science together.

News & Happenings

  • 22 February 2017

    My “Research for Practice” article on distributed transactions is in the recent issue of the CACM.

  • 04 January 2017

    In the end-of-year rush, I completely missed that the ACM Queue published my invited article on distributed transactions in their “Research for Practice” series. My article summarizes three recent papers – Spanner, TAPIR, and Callas – and discusses why they are important innovations in distributed transactions.

  • 16 December 2016

    GeekWire selected me as their Geek of the Week, including a very nice write-up on me and my research.

Older posts…

  • March 23
    VMware Research
  • March 30-31
    U. Michigan
  • April 5-6
  • April 19
    UC San Diego
  • April 24-25
    UT Austin