• Ph.D. - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • M.S. - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • B.S. - University of Tehran
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

My research explores opportunities in the intersection of computer architecture and networking to build efficient datacenters. My goal is to unlock the potentials of hardware and operating system co-design in architecting application-transparent, near-data processing hardware for improving datacenter's performance, energy efficiency, and scalability.

I have available funded research positions. Please contact me if you are interested in doing computer architecture and systems research.

Here are my research themes:

Near-Memory Processing

In-Network Computing

Network Specialization

  • Near-Memory Processing (MICRO'18): Data movement is the main performance and power bottleneck in today’s large-scale computer systems. We are looking at novel architectures reduce the data movement in large-scale computers without compromising their programmability and cost.
  • In-Network Computing (MICRO'18): We are experimenting novel ways for utilizing the available computational resources in smart network devices (SmartNICs and programmable switches). More specifically, we are looking at designing a multi-node, disaggregated memory cluster in which remote memory accesses and synchronizations are accelerated by customized network protocols and in NIC computation.
  • Network Specialization: (MICRO'19) The future belongs to customization, not only for computation but also for communication. In our research group, we recognize the urgent need for inter-node communication network customization for large-scale computers. We study system-level solutions for customized networks that cut across processor, memory, and operating system architecture.
  • Publications

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    • Mohammad Alian, "A cross-stack, network-centric architectural design for next-generation datacenters," Ph.D. Dissertation [dissertation][slides]
    • Soroush Ghodrati, Byung Hoon Ahn, Joon Kyung Kim, Sean Kinzer, Brahmendra Yatham, Navateja Alla, Hardik Sharma, Mohammad Alian, Eiman Ebrahimi, Nam Sung Kim, Cliff Young, Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, "Planaria: Dynamic architecture fission for spatial multi-tenant acceleration of deep neural networks," IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), to appear [paper][slides]
    • Jason Lowe-Power, Abdul Mutaal Ahmad, Ayaz Akram, Mohammad Alian, et al. "The gem5 simulator: Version 20.0+," arXiv preprint [paper]
    • Yifan Yuan, Mohammad Alian, Yipeng Wang, Ilia Kurakin, Ren Wang, Charlie Tai, Nam Sung Kim, "IOCA: High-speed I/O-aware LLC management for network-centric multi-tenant platforms," arXiv preprint [paper]
    • Mohammad Alian, Yifan Yuan, Jie Zhang, Ren Wang, Myoungsoo Jung, and Nam Sung Kim, "Data direct I/O characterization for future I/O system exploration," IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) [paper][slides]


    • Mohammad Alian, and Nam Sung Kim, "NetDIMM: Low-latency, near-memory network interface architecture," IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) [paper][slides]


    • Ki-dong Kang, Mohammad Alian, Deahoon Kim, Jaehyuk Huh, and Nam Sung Kim, "VIP: Virtual performance-state for efficient power management," ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC) [paper][slides]
    • Mohammad Alian, Krishna Parasuram Srinivasan, and Nam Sung Kim, "Simulating PCI-express interconnect for future system exploration," IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC) [paper][slides] [Nominated for the Best Paper Award]
    • Jie Zhang, Miryeong Kwon, Donghyun Gouk, Changlim Lee, Mohammad Alian, Myoungjun Chun, Mahmut Kandemir, Nam Sung Kim, Jihong Kim, and Myoungsoo Jung, "FlashShare: Punching through server storage stack from kernel to firmware for ultra-low latency SSDs," USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI) [paper][slides]
    • Seung Won Min, Mohammad Alian, Wen-mei Hwu, and Nam Sung Kim, "Semi-coherent DMA: An alternative I/O coherency management for embedded systems," IEEE Computer Architecture Letters (CAL)[paper]
    • Mohammad Alian, Seung Won Min, Hadi Asgharimoghaddam, Ashutosh Dhar, Dong Kai Wang, Thomas Roewer, Adam McPadden, Oliver OHalloran, Deming Chen, Jinjun Xiong, Daehoon Kim, Wen-mei Hwu, and Nam Sung Kim, "Application-transparent near-memory processing architecture with memory vhannel network," IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO),[paper][slides] [Nominated for the Best Paper Award]
    • Youjie Li, Jongsea Park, Mohammad Alian, Yifan Yuan, Qu Zheng, Petian Pan, Ren Wang, Alexander Gerhard Schwing, Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, and Nam Sung Kim, "A network-centric hardware/argorithm co-design to accelerate distributed training of deep neural networks," IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) [paper][slides]
    • Seokhan Lee, Kiwon Lee, Minchul Sung, Mohammad Alian, Chankyung Kim, Wooyeong Cho, Reum Oh, Seongil O, Jung Ho Ahn, and Nam Sung Kim, "3D-XPath: High-density managed DRAM architecture with cost-effective alternative paths for memory transactions," Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques (PACT) [paper][slides]


    • Daehoon Kim, Mohammad Alian, Jaehyuk Huh, and Nam Sung Kim, "Janus: Supporting heterogeneous power management in virtualized environments," ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC) [poster]
    • Mohammad Alian, Gabor Dozsa, Umur Darbaz, Stephan Diestelhorst, Daehoon Kim, and Nam Sung Kim, "dist-gem5: Distributed simulation of computer clusters," IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems (ISPASS) [paper][slides] [Nominated for the Best Paper Award]
    • Mohammad Alian, Ahmed Abulila, Lokesh Jindal, Daehoon Kim, and Nam Sung Kim, “NCAP: Network-driven, packet context-aware power management for client-server architecture,” IEEE Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) [paper][slides] [Nominated for the Best Paper Award] [Honorable Mention in 2018 IEEE MICRO Top Picks]


    • Mohammad Alian, Daehoon Kim, and Nam Sung Kim, “pd-gem5: Simulation Infrastructure for Parallel/Distributed Computer Systems,” IEEE Computer Architecture Letters (CAL), Jan 2016, Paper


    • Mohammad Alian, "pd-gem5: Simulation infrastructure for parallel/distributed computer systems for network-driven optimization," Masters Thesis [thesis]



    If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email.



    Parallel/distributed simulation of computer clusters.

    dist-gem5 is part of the gem5's vanila release.

    Find the links to the tutorials below:

    ISCA 2017 IISWC 2017 MICRO 2015