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Mohammad Alian

Assistant Professor

Research Areas

  • Computer Architecture and Systems: performance, simulation
  • Operating Systems and Networking: datacenter networking, I/O subsystem


I am an Assistant Professor at EECS depratment of University of Kansas. My research explores opportunities in the intersection of computer architecture and networking to build efficient datacenters. My goal is to unlock the potential of near-data processing to reduce data movement in large-scale computer systems by re-thinking their hardware and software architectures. I was fortunate to have Nam Sung Kim as my Ph.D. advisor at ECE Illinois.   Curriculum Vitae updated Dec'21

I am always looking for passionate and hardworking students. Please contact me if you are interested in doing computer architecture and systems research.


  • 2020, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC
  • 2015, MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison
  • 2013, BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran

Selected Publications

For the full list please visit my google scholar

  • Mohammad Alian, Siddharth Agarwal, Jongmin Shin, Neel Patel, Yifan Yuan, Daehoon Kim, Ren Wang, Nam Sung Kim, "IDIO: Network-driven, inbound network data orchestration on server processors," MICRO 2022
  • Ki-Dong Kang, Gyeongseo Park, Hyosang Kim, Mohammad Alian, Nam Sung Kim, and Daehoon Kim, "NMAP: Power Management Based on Network Packet Processing Mode Transition for Latency-Critical Workloads," MICRO 2021
  • Yifan Yuan, Mohammad Alian, Yipeng Wang, Ilia Kurakin, Ren Wang, Charlie Tai, Nam Sung Kim, "Don't Forget the I/O When Allocating Your LLC," ISCA 2021 [technology adapted by Intel®]
  • Mohammad Alian, Jongmin Shin, Ki-Dong Kang, Ren Wang, Alexandros Daglis, Daehoon Kim, Nam Sung Kim, "IDIO: Orchestrating Inbound Network Data on Server Processors," IEEE Computer Architecture Letters (CAL) 2020
  • 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," MICRO 2020
  • Jason Lowe-Power, Abdul Mutaal Ahmad, Ayaz Akram, Mohammad Alian, et al. "The gem5 simulator: Version 20.0+," arXiv preprint 2020
  • 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," ISPASS 2020
  • Mohammad Alian, and Nam Sung Kim, "NetDIMM: Low-latency, near-memory network interface architecture," MICRO 2019
  • 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," OSDI 2018
  • 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," MICRO 2018 [best paper nominee][industry product]
  • 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," MICRO 2018
  • Mohammad Alian, Krishna Parasuram Srinivasan, and Nam Sung Kim, "Simulating PCI-Express interconnect for future system exploration," IISWC 2018 [best paper nominee]
  • Mohammad Alian, Gabor Dozsa, Umur Darbaz, Stephan Diestelhorst, Daehoon Kim, and Nam Sung Kim, "dist-gem5: Distributed simulation of computer clusters," ISPASS 2017 [best paper nominee][open source]
  • Mohammad Alian, Ahmed Abulila, Lokesh Jindal, Daehoon Kim, and Nam Sung Kim, "NCAP: Network-driven, packet context-aware power management for client-server architecture," HPCA 2017 [best paper nominee][IEEE Micro honerable mention]

Current Students

  • Amin MamandiPoor, Ph.D. (Expected 2026)
  • Johnson Umeike, Ph.D. (Expected 2027)
  • Neel Maulik Patel, MS.
  • Alex Manely, MS.
  • Minwoo Lee, Undergrad
  • Ahmni R Pang-Johnson, Undergrad
  • Teaching

  • EECS-700 Special Topics on Modern Computer Architecture & Design: Spring 2021
  • EECS-645 Computer Architecture: Spring 2022
  • EECS-388 Embedded Systems: Fall 2020, Fall 2021
  • Contact Information

    2022 Eaton Hall
    253 Nichols Hall

    Office Hours

    by appointment, 253 Nichols Hall