PhD/Applied Mathematics and Statistics
I received my PhD degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. My doctoral advisor
is Professor Yuefan Deng. My PhD work focused on developing multiscale models and
efficient numerical algorithms for domain-specific applications that heavily rely
on high performance computing technologies. My thesis topic is “Design and Analysis
of Parallel Algorithms for Multiscale Modeling of Platelets.” I got my Bachelor's
degree in Physics from Nankai University, China. I also have a double Bachelor's degree
I am member of the technical staff working on high performance computing within VMware’s
Office of the CTO. We are a group of people focusing on identifying and exploring
technical areas and trends of long-term interest to VMware while also fostering and
supporting innovation programs throughout VMware’s R&D organization. My job includes
but is not limited to: identifying performance issues of various HPC workloads and
reducing overheads; creating HPC proofs-of-concept with customers; designing HPC reference
architectures; providing technical guidance and support to integrate traditional HPC
middleware and VMware’s cloud platforms; and providing feedback to R&D regarding future
enhancements needed for HPC customers.
Structure of a Typical Day
I usually get into the office around 9:30 and leave at 6:30. Working in OCTO, instead
of on a product line, I don’t have a typical day like other software engineers, which
could be to fix bugs, implement new features, code quality, etc. I have multiple tasks
to work on in parallel so a typical day is to prioritize work according to what my
manager or I think most important. Sometimes I need to travel - to attend internal/external
conferences like the upcoming supercomputing conference (SC16).
How Did You Find the Job?
I had two summer internships at VMware under the guidance of my current manager. Then
I became a full-time employee after graduation.
Advice to Other Students
Learn as many emerging technologies as you can during graduate studies, even if it’s
not your research area.