By Greg Russell
Yi Gu's star power is rising. And communications between computers around the world
have the potential to flow more efficiently because of it.
The University of Memphis doctoral student in computer science scored her second major
honor in the past year when she placed second in the poster competition at a conference
considered by many as the premier international forum on high-performance computing.
Gu’s winning entry, "Optimizing End-to-End Performance of Scientific Workflows in
Distributed Environments,” illustrated her research into ways to ramp up computer
efficiency. Judges at the SC10 Supercomputing International Conference in New Orleans
as well as her U of M faculty adviser said Gu’s entry in the ACM Student Research
Competition demonstrates her promising future in the supercomputing world.
"The ACM Student Research Competition is a well recognized venue for high-quality
students to showcase their talent and research potential in an international scope,"
said her adviser, Dr. Qishi Wu, assistant professor of computer science. "The winners
of this competition are considered as the most promising rising stars in the computing
community. Yi's second place in this year's event indicates that the U of M's best
students are among the top of the major universities in the world in terms of quality
Scientists who research high-performance computing look for ways to speed up and address
problems on the information superhighway. Gu specializes in finding ways for a more
efficient flow of information between computer networks and modules that might differ
from lab to lab. She has also conducted research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
"I feel very lucky to receive this award because this year’s event was very competitive
with top students from many of the major universities around the world," said Gu.
There were 77 entries in the poster competition at the event in New Orleans that drew
hundreds of researchers and students. The posters showcased original research in computer
The SC10 conference featured rigorously reviewed tutorials, papers, panels, workshops
and posters that provide fast access to new research results from international laboratories
“The SC conference series is truly a remarkable gathering of the best minds in the
computing community on both the provider and user side,” said Barry V. Hess, SC10
general chair and information officer for Sandia National Laboratories. “Supercomputing
is a universal scientific instrument – one with the power to make the world a better
place for all of us. You can really feel that potential when you are at the conference.”
The poster submissions in the competition were chosen and judged by an expert panel
that specializes in computer science projects. Winners received prizes and the top
finishers were invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition grand
Earlier this year, Gu, a native of China, was a finalist for the prestigious 2010
Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, which is administered by Google. She was awarded
$1,000 for that honor and led Wu to say, "The list of finalists and recipients for
this prestigious scholarship is largely dominated by schools like MIT, Stanford, Carnegie
Mellon and Princeton. The quality of our best students is comparable to that of those
at top-tier universities in the United States."