University of California, Merced

Parallel Architecture, System, and Algorithm Lab

Dong Li

Dr. Dong Li is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Merced. He is the director of Parallel Architecture, System, and Algorithm Lab (PASA). Previously (2011-2014), he was a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Before that, he earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Virginia Tech. Dong received a CAREER Award from U.S. National Science Foundation in 2016, a Berkeley Lab University Faculty Fellowship (2016), and an ORNL/CSMD Distinguished Contributor Award (2013). His paper in SC’14 was nominated as the best student paper.

Phone: (209) 228-2488


Address: 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343

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Zhen Xie


Kai Wu

Kai is a Computer Science PhD candidate. His research area is computer systems with a focus on memory and storage systems. He designs high-performance computer systems for high performance computing (HPC), cloud, database and AI applications. His recent work focuses on designing system support for persistent memory-based big memory platforms.


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Jiawen Liu

Jiawen is a PhD candidate. His research interests mainly focus on systems, machine learning and high performance computing with a target on building high-performance and resource-aware systems for ML and HPC.


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Jie Ren

Jie Ren is a fourth year Ph.D. student. Her research interests are in computer system and computer architecture. More specifically, she is working on memory system and storage including data placement on heterogeneous memory system.


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Wenqian Dong

Wenqian is a Ph.D. candidate with research focuses on computer systems, HPC. Rich experience in development and performance optimization for system software, scientific applications, and AI applications.


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Jie Liu

Jie Liu is a second year Ph.D. student with research focuses on computer systems. His research interest includes On-device artificial intelligence and system optimization (especially runtime system) for efficient machine learning in parallel and distributed systems.


Xin He

Xin is currently a visiting student in the Electrical Science and Engineering Department at UC Merced.


Bang Di

Bang is currently a visiting student in the Electrical Science and Engineering Department at UC Merced.




Neelam Singha, Hanlin He (Byton), Yaorong Fan, Wei Liu (Baidu), Himanshu Pillai (Barcelona Supercomputing Center).


Jing Liang, Nigel Tan (Rice University), Armando Montanez (Google), Logan Smith, Zachary Canann (PayPal), Kevin Song (UT Austin).