Samer Al-Kiswany

Assistant Professor

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo



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Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of computing systems with a special focus on distributed and operating systems. I am interested in building highly efficient systems by leveraging recent advances in hardware technology and by exploiting domain specific optimizations. My current projects focus on building software-defined storage system for workflow applications, exploring fundamental reliability and scheduling problems in the Linux I/O stack, and exploiting recent advances in software-defined networks and multicore platforms to accelerate storage systems.


  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (July 2013)

  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (July 2007)

  • BSc, Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology (June 2003)

Research Experience
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Wisconsin-Madison.  (Nov. 13 Aug. 16)

  • Research Intern. Microsoft Research, Mountain View, CA. (Apr. 13 July 13)

  • Research Intern. NEC Labs America, Cupertino, CA. Data Management Dept. (June 12 Oct. 12)

  • Summer Intern. Microsoft. Redmond, WA. Azure team. (June 11 Aug. 11)

  • Research Intern. IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA. (June 10 Oct. 10)

  • Research Intern. Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL. Globus team. (May 08 Sep. 08)

  • Research Assistant at UBC. (Sept. 06   Dec. 13)

  • Research Associate. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan. (June 05 June 06)

Awards, Honors, and Competitions
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. National Award. (Apr. 13- Aug. 15)

  • Killam Doctoral Fellowship. National Award. (Sep. 09 Jan 12)

  • BC Industrial Innovation PhD Fellowship. Provincial Award. (Sep. 07 - Sep 10)

  • Second place in IBK Ivey Business Plan Competition. National Competition. (Mar. 09)

  • ACM-IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Award. International Award. (Nov. 08)

  • UBC University Graduate Fellowship. University Award. (Jun. 08 Jun. 09)

  • Second place at BCNET Broadband Innovation Challenge. National Competition. (Apr. 08)

  • JUST University Graduate Fellowship. National Award. (Sep. 04 Sep. 09)

  • Ministry of Education Excellence Scholarship. National Award. (Sep. 98 Jun. 03)

  • Best Talk Award at the ECE Department Systems Workshop. (Sep. 11)

  • Best Talk Award at ACM HPDC 11 conference. (Jun. 11)