Welcome to Yufu Zhang's Homepage
I am a 4th year PhD student majoring in Computer Engineering at University of Maryland. My advisor is Dr. Ankur Srivastava. Before joining UMD I spent 4 years on my Bachelor's degree at Fudan University (Shanghai) and another 2 years on my Master's degree at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou).
My current research focuses on the power/thermal issues of today's high performance multi-core processors. This includes the following interesting aspects: 1) modeling and understanding the power and thermal behavior of a given system; 2) tracking and estimating the dynamic thermal/power profile of the system in real-time given limited sensor information; 3) dynamically optimize the workload and/or apply corrective actions to keep the processor within certain power envelop or below a pre-set temperature threshold. The techniques developed in such a setting are surprisingly general and can be applied to many other fields as well: for example, reducing the power footprint of large data centers and monitoring their temperature distribution. Please refer to this page for my publications.
Besides the power and thermal issues, I am also interested in other general design optimization problems and topics related to computer architecture and parallel computing. I found VLSI CAD algorithms and machine learning techniques fascinating as well.