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Thu D. Nguyen

Hill Center 409
Research Area: 
Data Centers
Computer Systems
Approximate Computing
CS Education

My research focuses on building efficient, scalable, and dependable computer systems.  More recently, I have also become actively engaged in research on improving and scaling CS education.  See my research lab's Web site for more information on my group's research.

I completed my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington under the guidance of John Zahorjan.  I completed my M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. See my Web site for more information.

Awards & Distinctions: 
  • Best paper award: Environmental Conditions and Disk Reliability in Free-cooled Datacenters.  USENIX FAST 2016.
  • IEEE Micro Top Pick: Designing and Managing Datacenters Powered by Renewable Energy.  IEEE Micro May/June 2014.
  • One of 22 best papers from 20 years of HPDC: PlanetP: Using Gossiping to Build Content Addressable Peer-to-Peer Information Sharing Communities.  HPDC 2003.  Republished in Best Papers from the Last 20 years of HPDC, June 2012.
  • Best paper award: Capping the Brown Energy Consumption of Internet Services at Low Cost.  IGCC 2010.  Also chosen as IEEE Sustainable Computing Register Pick of the Month April 2012.
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award: Recipe for the Taming of a Chimaera: Toward No-Futz Computing.  2005–2010.
  • Faculty of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching award: Awarded by the Computer Science Graduate Student Society of Rutgers University in two separate years, 2000 and 2002.


Research Projects

Improving scalability and diversity in Computer Science...

Parasol is a green micro-datacenter partially powered by solar energy and partially cooled by "...