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Hello! I’m Yizhou Shan, a Ph.D. student at University of California San Diego, CSE, advised by Prof. Yiying Zhang. I am a member of UCSD Wuklab and UCSD SysNet. I was a Purdue Boilermaker during 2016-2019. You can find my CV here.

Contact: ys AT ucsd DOT edu

Research News


During my doctoral research, I have been working on distributed system, networking, operating system, hardware (FPGA), and their intersections. My most recent research focus is on disaggregated datacenter, designing its hardware, OS, and upper layer applications.

All of my projects are open source at and

As of now, I’m working on network design for disaggregated datacenters. End of the day, many of the system problems boil down to network problems. :)


  1. Disaggregating Persistent Memory and Controlling Them Remotely: An Exploration of Passive Disaggregated Key-Value Stores
    Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yizhou Shan, Yiying Zhang
    USENIX ATC 2020 [Paper] [Code] [Slide] [Short-Talk] [Full-Talk] [Keynote]

  2. Storm: a fast transactional dataplane for remote data structures
    Stanko Novakovic, Yizhou Shan, Aasheesh Kolli, Michael Cui, Yiying Zhang, Haggai Eran, Liran Liss, Michael Wei, Dan Tsafrir, Marcos Aguilera
    ACM SYSTOR 2019 (Best Paper Award) [Paper] [Slide] [Talk]

  3. LegoOS: A Disseminated, Distributed OS for Hardware Resource Disaggregation
    Yizhou Shan, Yutong Huang, Yilun Chen, Yiying Zhang
    USENIX OSDI 2018 (Best Paper Award) [Paper] [Code] [Slide] [Keynote-iCloud] [Talk]

  4. Distributed Shared Persistent Memory
    Yizhou Shan, Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yiying Zhang
    ACM SoCC 2017 [Paper] [Code] [Slide] [Poster]


  1. Challenges in Building and Deploying Disaggregated Persistent Memory
    Yizhou Shan, Yutong Huang, Yiying Zhang
    10th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2019) [Paper]

  2. Disaggregating Memory with Software-Managed Virtual Cache
    Yizhou Shan, Yiying Zhang
    2018 Workshop on Warehouse-scale Memory Systems (WAMS 2018) (co-located with ASPLOS ‘18) [Paper]

  3. Distributed Shared Persistent Memory
    Yizhou Shan, Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yiying Zhang
    9th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2018) [Paper]

  4. Disaggregated Operating System
    Yiying Zhang, Yizhou Shan, Sumukh Hallymysore
    17th International Workshop on High Performance Transaction Systems (HPTS 2017) [Paper]


  1. Lego: A Distributed, Decomposed OS for Resource Disaggregation PDF
    Yizhou Shan, Yilun Chen, Yutong Huang, Sumukh Hallymysore, Yiying Zhang
    Poster at SOSP 2017

  2. Disaggregated Operating System PDF
    Yizhou Shan, Sumukh Hallymysore, Yutong Huang, Yilun Chen, Yiying Zhang
    Poster at SoCC 2017


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Last update: January 4, 2021