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Research Staff Member
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center


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Professional Associations:  ACM SIGPLAN  |  IEEE

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Peng Wu joined IBM T.J. Watson research center as a research staff member after receiving her PhD in computer science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001. As a seasoned researcher in compiler and runtime technology, her work has expanded across all layers of the system stack including computer architecture, compiler and runtime, programming interface design, whole-system performance analysis, and workload-optimized systems. She held more than 20 patents. Her research has made major contribution to IBM's product C/C++/Fortran compilers and Java VM/JIT. She has also worked extensively with hardware designers on designing next generation processors to fit the need of future workload including the POWER processors, the CELL BE, and the BlueGene Supercomputers.

Her current research includes advanced compiler/runtime systems for emerging workloads such as dynamic scripting languages, graph runtime, and workloads with massive parallelism; and software exploitation of novel hardware features such as SIMD, TM, and performance counters. She maintains an active profile in the external research community through academic collaborations, PhD student advisory, and conference services. She has authored more than 30 refereed papers, including a best paper award in PACT 2012. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of computer science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since 2012.

Besides her research, Dr. Wu has lately become passionate about building the technical community using social media tools, including driving a grass-root strategy discussion in the IBM system compiler research area and serving as the seminar coordinator for the Programming Language and Software Engineering (PL/SE) PIC inside IBM research. She has completed the LEADing@IBM and MicroMBA classes and has served as mentors for junior researchers and students.

Honors & Awards

  • Best paper award, PACT conference, 2012
  • 6 IBM invention plateau awards
  • Bravo award for “contributing alphaWorks release of compiler for TM”, 2008
  • Research division technical achievement award for contribution to XL compiler, IBM, 2007
  • Bravo Award for outstanding technical contribution to simdization research, IBM, 2005
  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award, 2000 – 2001