Ali R. Butt

Computer Science
Virginia Tech

cloud. HPC. Storage&I/O. ML/DL.


Ali is a Professor of Computer Science (and ECE by courtesy) and Associate Department Head for Faculty Development in CS@VT. He is an ACM Distinguished Member. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2006. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2008), IBM Faculty Awards (2008, 2015), a VT College of Engineering (COE) Dean's award for "Outstanding New Assistant Professor" (2009), an IBM Shared University Research Award (2009), and NetApp Faculty Fellowships (2011, 2015). He was named a VT COE Faculty Fellow in 2013. Ali was an Academic Visitor at IBM Almaden Research Center (Summer 2012) and a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University of Belfast (Summer 2013). He has served as the Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2018-present), ACM Transactions on Storage (2016-present), IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2013-2016), Cluster Computing: The Journal of Networks, Software Tools and Applications (2013-present), and Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (2010-2015). He is an alumni of the National Academy of Engineering's US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium (2009), US-Japan FOE (2012), and National Academy of Science's AA Symposium on Sensor Science (2015). He was also an organizer for the US FOE in 2010. Ali's research interests are in: cloud and high-performance computing systems; systems support for machine and deep learning applications; file, I/O, and storage systems; distributed systems; and large-scale experimental computer systems. At Virginia Tech he leads the Distributed Systems & Storage Laboratory (DSSL).


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