Kai Wu

Ph.D. Student

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California, Merced



Recent News

  • One paper, "Algorithm-Directed Persistent Memory for High Performance Computing", is accepted in Cluster'17.
  • One paper, "Unimem: Runtime Data Management on Non-Volatile Memory-based Heterogeneous Main Memory", is accepted in SC'17.
  • One paper, "Performance Evaluation and Modeling of HPC I/O on Non-Volatile Memory", is accepted in NAS'17.
  • (05/2017)Kai will do summer intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL) in May.
  • (05/2017)One submitmissions for NAS 17.
  • (05/2017)Kai received UC Merced Bobcat scholarship.
  • (04/2017)Kai traveled back to China.
  • (04/2017)Two submitmissions for SC 17.
  • (03/2017)Kai is selected to receive student travel fund for NVMW 2017.
  • (01/2017)Happy Chinese new year !
  • (11/2016)Kai is selected to be student volunteer for SC 16 with travel fund. Go to Salt lake city !
  • (06/2016)Kai joined PASA lab!
  • (05/2016)Kai graduated from MSU!

WAbout Me

My name is Kai Wu (吴凯). I am a Computer Science PhD student in EECS at University of California, Merced, where I am a member of Parallel Architecture, System, and Algorithm Lab (PASA)and advised by Dr. Dong Li. Before coming to UC Merced, I earned my master degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University.

Research Interests

My research broadly falls into general areas of High Performance Computing (Large-Scale Parallel Systems). Specially, I focus on the following areas:
  • Parallel programming models and runtime;
  • Performance optimization and modeling;
  • Resilience and Consistency;
  • Non-volatile memory;
  • Fault Tolerance in Extreme-Scale Parallel Systems.

Work Experience

Research Intern / Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL)
May 2017 - Current

Graduate Student Researcher / UC Merced
Aug 2017 - Current

Teaching Assistant / UC Merced
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Back-end Developer(Intern) / Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU
May 2015 - Mar 2016

Software Engineer(Intern) / Yonyou Software Co., Ltd, CHINA
Dec 2013 - June 2014


University of California, Merced, CA
June 2016 - Current

Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Advisor: Dr.Dong Li

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Aug 2014 - May 2016

M.S., in Computer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Dr.Yiying Tong


[SC'17] Kai Wu, Yingchao Huang and Dong Li. "Unimem: Runtime Data Management in Non-Volatile Memory-based Heterogeneous Main Memory". In 29th ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, 2017.
[Cluster'17] Shuo Yang, Kai Wu, Yifan Qiao, Dong Li and Jidong Zhai. "Algorithm-Directed Persistent Memory for High Performance Computing". In 19th IEEE Cluster Conference.
[NAS'17] Wei Liu, Kai Wu, Jialin Liu, Feng Chen and Dong Li. "Performance Evaluation and Modeling of HPC I/O on Non-Volatile Memory". In 12th International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage, 2017.
Yingchao Huang, Kai Wu and Dong Li. "High Performance Data Persistence in Non-Volatile Memory for Resilient High Performance Computing" (co-first author)

Professional Activities

  • External reviewers: IPDPS'17, Cluster'17, HPCC'17, NAS'17, etc.
  • Student Volunteer SC'16.


I am playing sports like basketball, badminton, tennis and hiking. I am always interested in great food!