Yanzhao Wu

Yanzhao Wu

Ph.D. Student
School of Computer Science
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Email: yanzhaowu@gatech.edu

Short Bio

I am currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I work with Prof. Ling Liu and Prof. Calton Pu at the Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab (DiSL). Before coming to Georgia Tech, I obtained my Bachelor's degree with honors in Computer Science and Technology from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a top-tier university in China.

My research interests include:

  • Systems for Machine Learning: ML Framework Design & Optimization; Performance Tuning for ML Workloads
  • Machine Learning for Systems: Performance Optimization for Cloud and Distributed Computing Systems
  • Big Data Analytics: Graph Mining, Machine Learning (Including Deep Learning)
  • Big Data Systems: Graph Processing Systems
  • Cloud Computing: Cloud Platforms


  • High Accuracy and Efficient Training of Deep Neural Networks
    • Deep Learning Training Algorithms
    • Automatic Hyper-parameter Tuning
  • Deep Learning Framework Performance Analysis and Optimization
    • Performance Measurements
    • Performance Optimization
  • Accelerating Deep Learning with Direct-to-GPU Storage
    • Storage Systems, Deep Learning Frameworks
    • Integrated the Direct-to-GPU storage system into Caffe to obtain over 2× performance improvement by reducing the overhead of data transmission.


  • LRBench: A semi-automatic learning rate tuning tool to improve the deep neural network training efficiency (On-going).
  • GTDLBench: A Performance Benchmark of Deep Learning Frameworks: Measure the performance of mainstream machine learning frameworks (On-going).
  • Comanche: Accelerating Deep Learning with Direct-to-GPU Storage: Integrated the Direct-to-GPU storage system into Caffe (2018/2019 Summer Intern at IBM).
  • CCAligner: A token-based code clone detector (ICSE'18).
  • LTS and Game Model Checker for PRISM: A widely applied model checker for analysis of systems (2016 Summer).
  • more

Award & Scholarship

  • Outstanding Graduate Award (USTC), April 2017
  • Excellent Student Scholarship (Top 3%, USTC), 2015-2016
  • Leadership Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • more


  • Sports
    • Running: I finished the half-marathon in the 2015 Hefei International Marathon Competition.
    • Table Tennis: I am a professional table tennis player.
    When I'm not working in the lab, you may find me running or playing ping-pong on the court at Georgia Tech.
  • Literature & music
  • I love reading novels and listening to music.


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