Jian Li, Ph.D.

Futurewei, a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies Inc., a.k.a. Huawei R&D in US
E M A I L : jian.li1   AT   huawei DOT  com   ;   lijianathome AT yahoo DOT com

INTRODUCTION

Jian Li is a research program director and technology strategy leader at Central Research Institute, Huawei Technologies Inc, where he works on next generation data center and advanced analytics technologies with teams in US, Canada, Russia, India and China.  Prior to this position, he was a research staff member at the Novel Systems Architecture group at IBM Austin Research Laboratory.  He also spent over three years on an international assignment as an executive architect at IBM Growth Markets Unit Big Data Center of Competency, and previously a chief architect of Big Data Systems at IBM Greater China Group.  He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.  He is a senior member for both IEEE and ACM.

HIs technical team at Huawei R&D have recently participated and won 5 out of total 7 prizes of the Low Power ImageNet Recognition Challenge.  More details at http://lpirc.net or IEEE Reboot Computing http://rebootingcomputing.ieee.org/

His prior research had centered on Big Data & Analytics platforms and solutions, such as Apache Hadoop, SPARK, Twitter STORM, IBM BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams, etc on x86, PowerPC and other platforms.  A short IBM Research Technical Report summarizes team effort is available here: "Understanding System and Architecture for Big Data", IBM Research Report, RC25281.

He has worked in the areas of architectural support for power- and variation-aware computing, interconnection network design for high-performance computing systems, workload-driven three-dimensional (3D) integration architecture, architectural applications of non-volatile memory (NVM) and storage class memory (SCM), energy-efficient interconnection networks, data center networks, workload optimized systems.

He holds an adjunct position at the Texas A&M University and collaborates with Professor Lawrence Rauchwerger and other faculty. For details on his university collaborations, please check out the "University Collaborations" section of this page.

This web page is intended to record his professional effort in the public domain only.

His (not as updated) web page at IBM Research website is here. This page was hosted at another IBM Research site prior to June 2010.  His LinkedIn page is here. 

Daughter's novels are here.

PUBLICATIONS 

  • “Big Data Optimization”, to appear as a book chapter, in Springer series of “Studies in Big Data”.
  • High Throughput Computer Data Center Architecture, White Paper, Huawei Technologies (First appeared at ISCA 2014 conference).
  • “Understanding Architectural Characteristics of Multimedia Data Retrieval and Analytics”, to appear in IBM Journal of Research and Development.
  • “China Big Data White Paper (2013)”, co-author with other expert members of China Computer Federation Task Force on Big Data (CCF TFBD), January 2014.
  • High Throughput Computer Data Center Architecture, White Paper, Huawei Technologies (First appeared at ISCA 2014 conference).
  • Breaking the Boundary for Whole-System Performance Optimization of Big Data. Yan Li, Kun Wang, Qi Guo, Xin Li, Xiaochen Zhang, Guancheng Chen, Tao Liu,  Jian Li. In proceedings of International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), Beijing, China, Sept 4-6, 2013.
  • Understanding system design for Big Data workloads. Hofstee, H.P. ; Chen, G.C. ; Gebara, F.H. ; Hall, K. ; Herring, J. ; Jamsek, D. ; Li, J. ; Li, Y. ; Shi, J.W. ; Wong, P.W.Y. IBM Journal of Research and Development. Issue 3/4. May-July 2013
  • Scalable community detection in massive social networks using MapReduce. Shi, J. ; Xue, W. ; Wang, W. ; Zhang, Y. ; Yang, B. ; Li, J. IBM Journal of Research and Development. Issue 3/4. May-July 2013
  • DuSCA: A Multi-Channeling Strategy for Doubling Communication Capacity in Wireless NoC. Yi Wang, Danella Zhao and Jian Li, The 30th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), September 30 - October 3, 2012. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Cong Liu, Jian Li, Wei Huang, Juan Rubio, Evan Speight, Xiaozhu Felix Lin, "Power-Efficient Time-Sensitive Mapping in CPU/GPUHeterogeneous Systems", to appear in proceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT 2012), September 19-23, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Anne E. Gattiker, Fadi H. Gebara, Ahmed Gheith, Guan Cheng Chen, H. Peter Hofstee, Damir A. Jamsek, Jian Li, Ju Wei Shi, Evan Speight, Peter W. Wong. "Understanding System and Architecture for Big Data" IBM Research Report, RC25281 (AUS1204-004), April 23, 2012.
  • Zhenman Fang, Weihua Zhang, Haibo Chen (Fudan University), Jian Li, et al, "Transformer: An Extensible, Fast and Cycle-Accurate Full-system Multi-core Simulator ", In proceedings of The Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 3-7, 2012, San Francisco, CA.
  • Chongmin Li, Dongsheng Wang, Haixia Wang, Yibo Xue (Tsinghua University), Jian Li, "Proximity-Aware Cache Replication", In proceedings of 17th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC), Jan. 30- Feb. 2, 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • Elnozahy, E.N., Speight, E., Li, J., Rajamony, R., Zhang, L., Arimilli, L.B. "PERCS System Architecture", Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing, Springer Verlag, pp. 1506-1515, 2011.
  • Chongmin Li, Haixia Wang, Yibo Xue, Dongsheng Wang (Tsinghua University), Jian Li, "Scalable Proximity-Aware Cache Replication in Chip Multiprocessors (short paper)", To appear in the Twentieth International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT), Galveston Island, TX, October 10-14, 2011.
  • TAPO: Thermal-Aware Power Optimization Techniques for Servers and Data Centers. Wei Huang, Malcolm Allen-Ware, John Carter, Elmootazbellah Elnozahy, Hendrik Hamann, Tom Keller, Charles Lefurgy, Jian Li, Karthick Rajamani and Juan Rubio, In the proceedings of International Green Computing Conference (IGCC), 2011 (Best Paper Award).
  • Dan Zhao, Yi Wang, Jian Li and Takamaro Kikkawa, "Multi-Channel Wireless Network-on-Chip: A New Approach to Improving On-Chip Communication Capacity", International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS), May 1-4, 2011.
  • Jian Li, Wei Huang, Lixin Zhang, Charles Lefurgy, Wolfgang Denzel, Richard Treumann and Kun Wang, "Power Shifting in Thrifty Interconnection Networks", To appear in International Symposiun on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), February 12-16, 2011.
  • Hsiang-Yun Cheng, Jian Li, Chung-Hsiang Lin, Chia-Lin Yang and Ram Rajamony, "Memory Latency Reduction via Interference-Aware Task Throttling", To appear in the 43rd Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), 2010
  • Baba Arimilli, Ravi Arimilli, Vicente Chung, Scott Clark, Wolfgang Denzel, Ben Drerup, Torsten Hoefler, Jody Joyner, Jerry Lewis, Jian Li, Nan Ni, Ram Rajamony, "The PERCS High-Performance Interconnect. " HotInterconnect (Hoti) '2010: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects.
  • X. Wu, J. Li, L. Zhang, E. Speight, R. Rajamony and Y. Xie, “Design Exploration of Hybrid cache architecture with disparate memory technologies”, To appear in ACM Transaction on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO), 2010.
  • X. Wu, G. Sun, X. Dong, R. Das, J. Li, Y. Xie and C. Das, “Cost-driven 3D Integration with Interconnect Layers”, To appear in 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC), Anahelm, CA, June 13-18, 2010.
  • H.-Y. Cheng, J. Li, C.-L. Yang, “An Analytical Model to Exploit Memory Task Scheduling”, To appear in INTERACT-14: Workshop on Interaction between Compilers and Computer Architecture and ACM DL, held in conjunction with ASPLOS 2010, March 13-17, Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • W. E. Denzel, J. Li, P. Walker and Y. Jin, “A framework for end-to-end simulation of high-performance computing systems”, In Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2009. (Selected as one of the best conference papers at SimuTools 2008)
  • J. Li, L. Zhang, C. Lefurgy, R. Treumann and W. Denzel. "Thrifty Interconnection Networks for HPC systems", poster abstract in the proceedings of International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS) 2009, Yorktown Heights, NY, June 8-12, 2009.
  • X. Wu, J. Li, L. Zhang, E. Speight, R. Rajamony and Yuan Xie. "Hybrid cache architecture with disparate memory technologies", in Intl. Symp. on Computer Architecture (ISCA) 2009, Austin, TX, June 20-24, 2009. (Opening Session)
  • X. Wu, J. Li, E. Speight, L. Zhang, and Yuan Xie. "Power-Performance evaluation of read-write aware hybrid caches", in Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) 2009, Nice, France, April 20-24, 2009.
  • G. Sun, X. Dong, Y. Xie, J. Li and Y. Chen, “A Novel Architecture of the 3D Stacked MRAM L2 Cache for CMPs”, In International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture 2009 (HPCA) Raleigh, North Carolina- February 14-18, 2009. 
  • X. Wu, J. Li, L. Zhang, E. Speight, and Yuan Xie. "Power and performance evaluation of 3D hybrid cache with non-volatile memory", HPCA 2009 3D Workshop, Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 14, 2009.
  • J. Li and W. E. Denzel, “A framework for end-to-end simulation of high-performance computing systems and its application to PERCS design”, In IBM Academy of Technology - Performance Engineering 'Best Practice' Topical Conference, Southbury, CT, June 2008.
  • W. E. Denzel, J. Li, P. Walker and Y. Jin, “A framework for end-to-end simulation of high-performance computing systems”, In Intl. Conf. on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems (SimuTools), Marseille, France, March 2008. (Opening Session)
  • J. Li and J. F. Martínez, “Dynamic power-performance adaptation of parallel computation on chip multiprocessors”, In International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), Austin, TX, February 2006.
  • J. Li and J. F. Martínez, “Power-performance considerations of parallel computing on chip multiprocessors”, ACM Transaction on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO), December 2005.
  • J. Li and J.F. Martínez, “Power-performance implications of thread-level parallelism on chip multiprocessors”, In International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS), Austin, TX, March 2005. Earlier version appears in First Watson Conference on the Interaction between Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers (P = ac2), Yorktown Heights, NY, October 2004.
  • J. Li, J.F. Martínez, and M.C. Huang, “The thrifty barrier: Energy-efficient synchronization in shared-memory multiprocessors”, In International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), Madrid, Spain, February 2004. (Opening Session)
  • S. Lloyd, J. Li, J. Peckham, and Q. Yang, “Simultaneous database backup using TCP/IP and a specialized network interface card”, Book chapter in Advanced Topics in Database Research, Vol. 4, 2004.
  • S. Lloyd, J. Peckham, J. Li, and Q. Yang, “RORIB – An economic and efficient solution for real-time online remote information backup”, Journal of Database Management (JDBM), 14 (3): 56-73, Jul. – September 2003

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • External Review Committee, MICRO 2016
  • IoT Designer Track Chair, DAC 2016
  • Industry Track Chair, HPCA 2016
  • External Review Committee, HPCA 2016
  • Keynote speech, Designer Track, ICCAD, November 2015
  • Keynote speech, Hardware and Algorithms for Learning On-a-Chip (HALO) workshop, November 2015
  • Keynote speech, West Lake Health Summit, October 2015
  • Industry & Government Program Co-chair. IEEE Big Data Conference 2015
  • External Review Committee, MICRO 2015
  • Program committee, ICDCS 2015
  • Program committee, NPC 2015
  • External Review Committee, ISCA 2015
  • External Review Committee, HPCA 2015
  • The 11th IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing (NPC), Ilan, Taiwan, Sept 18-20, 2014.
  • General Co-chair. IEEE ISPA Conference 2014.
  • Keynote speech. “Technology Overview and Trend”, NYU US-China Relations Workshop. Dec. 2014.
  • Keynote speech. “High Throughput Computing Data Center Architecture,” Open Server Summit, Santa Clara, Nov. 11-13, 2014.
  • Keynote speech. “High Throughput Computing Data Center Architecture,” IEEE ISPA Conference, Milan, Italy, August 2014.
  • Steering Committee member, Invited talk, "High Throughput Computing Data Center Architecture", Fourth Workshop on Architectures and Systems for Big Data (ASBD), held in conjunction with The 41th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA-2014), Minneapolis, MN, June 14-18th, 2014.
  • Steering Committee. The IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS), TianJin, China, 2014.
  • General Co-Chair. The 12th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, Milan, Italy, 2014.
  • Program Committee Co-Chair. The IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS), Xi'an, China, July 17-19, 2013.
  • Co-organizer. Third Big Data Benchmarking Workshop, Xi'an, China, July16-17, 2013.
  • Co-organizer. Third Workshop on Architectures and Systems for Big Data (ASBD), held in conjunction with The 40th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA-2013), Tel-Aviv Isareal, June 23-27th, 2013.
  • Keynote talk. Second International Workshop on Computing in Heterogeneous, Autonomous 'N' Goal-oriented Environments (CHANGE), held in conjunction with The 49th Design Automation Conference (DAC-2012), San Francisco, CA, June 3, 2012.
  • Co-organizer. Second Workshop on Architectures and Systems for Big Data (ASBD), held in conjunction with The 39th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA-2012), Portland, Oregon, June 9-13th, 2012.
  • Co-organizer, First Workshop on Architecture and Application Exploration of Micro-Server Systems, Held in conjunction with the 18th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA-2012)), New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-29, 2012.
  • Invited talk, Fudan University, Shanghai, 07/28/2011.
  • PC member. IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) (IPDPS), Shanghai, China, May 21-25, 2012.
  • Invited talk, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 06/10/2011.
  • Invited talk, Institute of Computing Technologies, Beijing, China, 06/14/2011.
  • PC member. International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications (ICSNC), Barcelona, Spain, October 23-28, 2011.
  • Co-organizer. First Workshop on Architectures and Systems for Big Data (ASBD), held in conjunction with the The Twentieth International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT-2011), Galveston, TX, October 11, 2011.
  • PC member. IEEE International Conference of Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR), Dalian, China, October 14-16, 2011.
  • Finance Chair and PC member. IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC), Austin, TX, October 23-25, 2011.
  • Program Committee Co-Chair of Architecture Track. The IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS), Dalian, China, July 28-30, 2011.
  • Invited talk, ECE, Texas A&M University, 04/15/2011.
  • Invited talk, Institute of Computing Technologies, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 12/20/2010.
  • Invited talk, IBM China Research Lab, 12/17/2010.
  • Invited talk, Harbin Institute of Technology, 12/14/2010.
  • Invited talk, The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 11/19/2010.
  • Invited talk, CSE, Texas A&M University, 10/20/2010.
  • Industry Liason Co-chair. The 17th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA). San Antonio, Texas, February 12-16, 2011.
  • Session Chair. The 2010 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). Austin, Texas, August 18-20, 2010.
  • Co-organizer. The 2nd Workshop on Emerging Memory Technologies (WEMT). Held in conjunction with International Symposium on Computer Architecture 2010 (ISCA), Saint-Malo, France, June 19-23, 2010.
  • Program committee member. The 5th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS), the University of Macau, Macau SAR, China, July 15-17, 2010.
  • Invited talk, ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, 01/26/2010.
  • Invited talk, CSE, Penn State University, 01/25/2010.
  • Program committee member. The IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium On VLSI (ISVLSI), Lixouri Kafalonia, Greece, July 5-6, 2010.
  • Host for Professor Hyesoon Kim, CoC, GaTech, 10/06/2009.
  • Invited talk, CSE, Texas A&M University, 10/05/2009.
  • Co-organizer and session chair, Workshop on Emerging Memory Technologies (WEMT).  Held in conjunction with International Symposium on Computer Architecture 2009 (ISCA), Austin, TX, June 20-24.
  • Host of IBM ARL Technical Seminar for Professor Huiyang Zhou, ECE, NCSU, 06/23/2009.
  • Host of IBM Research Arch PIC Seminar for Professor Onur Mutlu, ECE, CMU, 06/19/2009.
  • Invited talk, Division of Engineering, Brown University, 06/11/2009.
  • Invited talk, ECE, Texas A&M University, 03/10/2009.
  • Host of IBM Research Arch PIC Seminar for Professor Mattan Erez, ECE, UT Austin, 02/13/2009. 
  • Program committee member. Workshop on 3D Integration and Interconnect-Centric Architectures. Held in conjunction with International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture 2009 (HPCA) Raleigh, North Carolina, February 14-18, 2009.
  • Program committee member. The IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium On VLSI (ISVLSI), Tampa, Florida, USA, on May 13-15, 2009.
  • Host of IBM Research Arch PIC Seminar for Professor Yuan Xie, CSE, PSU, 09/26/2008.
  • 3D tutorial, International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), Beijing, China, 06/212008
  • Host of ARL Distinguished Seminar for Professor Narasimha Reddy, ECE, TAMU, 05/01/2008.
  • Program committee member. International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (NAS), Chongqing, China. 06/2008.
  • Program committee member. The 2008 International Symposium on Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN), Sydney, Australia. 05/2008. 
PATENTS
  • More for Huawei in 2016 - stopped counting..
  • More for Huawei, starting 2015
  • More in 2013 and beyond - stopped counting..
  • yet more for Big Blue June, 2012.
  • yet a few more for Big Blue March, 2012.
  • yet a few more for Big Blue, July 2011.
  • 2 more for Big Blue, Oct.-Nov. 2010.
  • 5 more filed for Big Blue, May 2010.
  • J Li, S P VanderWiel, L Zhang. "On-chip networks for flexible three-dimensional chip integration" United States 8,386,690. Issued February 26, 2013
  • J Li and W Speight. "Techniques for dynamically sharing a fabric to facilitate off-chip communication for multiple on-chip units" United States 8,346,988. Issued January 1, 2013
  • J Li, W Speight, L Zhang. "Reducing energy consumption of set associative caches by reducing checked ways of the set association" United States 8,341,355. Issued December 25, 2012.
  • J Li, L Zhang. "Link services in a communication network". United States Patent 8310936. Issued November 13, 2012.
  • J Li, R Rajamony, W Speight, L Zhang. "Read and write aware cache storing cache lines in a read-often portion and a write-often portion" United States Patent 8271729. Issued September 18, 2012.
  • J. Li. "Reconfigurable Cache", United States Patent 8,230,176, July 24 2012.
  • X. Wu, J. Li, R. Rajamony, W. Speight and L. Zhang, "Improvemed non-uniform cache architecture", United States Patent, file pending, November 2008.
  • Q. Yang and J. Li, "Remote online information backup system", United States Patent 7177887, February 2007.

University Collaborations

I have been fortunate to work with the following highly-talented graduate students and be in touch with their advisers and research groups.

  • Xiaozhu Felix Lin, 2011, now faculty at Purdue University [Lin Zhong, Rice University]
  • Cong Liu, summer 2011, now faculty at UT Dallas [James H. Anderson, University of North Carolina]
  • Chris J. Craik, summer 2010, now at Google [Onur Mutlu, Carnegie Melon University]
  • Doe Hyun Yoon, 2010, now at ARM - [Mattan Erez, UT Austin]
  • Hsiang-Yun Cheng, 2009-2010 [Chia-Lin Yang, National Taiwan University]
  • Xiaoxia Wu, summer 2008, now at Qualcomm - [Yuan Xie, Penn State University]
  • Guangyu Sun, 2008, now faculty at Peking University - [Yuan Xie, Penn State University]
  • Yuho Jin, summer 2007, now at USC - [EJ Kim, Texas A&M]

 I also holds an adjunct position at the Texas A&M University and collaborate with Professor Lawrence Rauchwerger and other faculty.