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.


  • 05/31/2018

    Attended NSF Data Storage Research 2025 Workshop held at IBM Research Almaden.

  • 05/11/2018

    Attended NSF Aspiring CSR PIs Workshop held at NSF headquarter.

  • 1/22/2018Paper Acceptance

  • 1/22/2018Paper Acceptance

    Our paper about flash cluster wear balancing is accepted by IPDPS'18.

  • 12/20/2017External Review Committee

    Serving on ICS'18 ERC. Please consider submitting your interesting work!

  • *Archived news*

Selected Publications

Full list

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

Pricing Games for Hybrid Object Stores in the Cloud: Provider vs. Tenant

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

USENIX HotCloud '15     talk

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

Research Projects

My current projects are focused on two areas: storage efficiency, and systems support for resource-constrained iot devices. (more to come...)