About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Mason University. I am broadly interested in computer systems. My research covers a range of topics including distributed systems, storage systems, container-based virtualization, serverless/cloud computing, and the internet of things. Currently I am working on a few exciting projects including: (1) optimizing serverless platform; (2) exploiting NVM in HPC; (3) large-scale cluster (container) scheduling; and (4) systems support for distributed machine learning.

I received my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, where I worked with Ali R. Butt. During my Ph.D. I spent two summers at IBM Research Almaden in 2013 and 2014, and six months at Dell EMC Princeton Office in 2015.

Research Openings     Details

I am currently looking for motivated students to work with me on systems research. If you are a Mason student who is interested in doing systems research, please come talk to me. For students outside Mason, I encourage you to apply to our graduate program. I can be reached at yuecheng@gmu.edu.


  • 02/04/2019Acceptance

    Congrats to Li on his VEE'19 paper!

  • 01/23/2019Acceptance

    Congrats to Jingyuan and Ao for their NSDI'19 WiP on elastic serverless computing framework!

  • 12/15/2018Paper Acceptance

    MOANA is accepted by TPDS.

  • 09/10/2018TPC

    Serving on the TPC for HPDC'19 and MSST'19. Please consider submitting your interesting work!

  • 08/31/2018Cloud Credits!

    Received a Google Cloud Platform Grant for Research. Thanks GCP!

  • *Archived news*

Selected Publications

Full list

BESPOKV: Application Tailored Scale-Out Key-Value Stores

Ali Anwar, Yue Cheng, Hai Huang, Jingoo Han, Hyogi Sim, Dongyoon Lee, Fred Douglis, Ali R. Butt

IEEE SC '18     Slides Github

Improving Docker Registry Design based on Production Workload Analysis

Ali Anwar, Mohamed Mohamed, Vasily Tarasov, Michael Littley, Lukas Rupprecht, Yue Cheng, Nannan Zhao, Dimitrios Skourtis, Amit S. Warke, Heiko Ludwig, Dean Hildebrand, Ali R. Butt

USENIX FAST '18     Github Traces

Erasing Belady's Limitations: In Search of Flash Cache Offline Optimality

Yue Cheng, Fred Douglis, Philip Shilane, Michael Trachtman, Grant Wallace, Peter Desnoyers, Kai Li

USENIX ATC '16     audio poster

CAST: Tiering Storage for Data Analytics in the Cloud

Yue Cheng, M. Safdar Iqbal, Aayush Gupta, Ali R. Butt

ACM HPDC '15     slides

Call for Papers


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