Timothy W. Wood
Associate Professor
SEH Room 4580
202 994-1918
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I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University and one of the directors of the GW Cloud Systems Lab. I teach and do research in the general areas of operating systems and distributed systems. I am particularly interested in how new virtualization technologies can provide application agnostic tools that improve performance, efficiency, and reliability in cloud computing data centers and software-based networks. My research focuses on practical, systems-level challenges created by emerging technologies in these areas. I received my Ph.D. in CS from UMass Amherst in 2011 and my B.S. in ECE from Rutgers University in 2005.


I’m on sabbatical for the 2017-2018 school year. You can find an archive of my prior courses here.


A condensed timeline of events:

  • 6/1/2018: My Ph.D. students Wei Zhang (expertise in NFV and cloud) and Sunny Rajasekaran (expertise in clouds and virtualization) have defended their Ph.D. theses and are headed off to new exciting jobs! This summer Guyue Grace Liu will be interning at Microsoft Research - Cambridge working at the intersection of Networking and Machine Learning.
  • 5/28/2018: Our paper on modular TCP stacks for NFV services has been accepted to SIGCOMM 2018! We will also be running a day long tutorial on OpenNetVM and other NFV technologies at the conference.
  • 3/29/2018: GW undergrads, Pat and Nick, presented a demo of OpenNetVM at SOSR 2018, and Wei had a short paper on NFV security with MPX.
  • 7/27/2017: My website is being modernized. An archive of the old site is available here.
  • 6/18/2017: Our paper on CPU scheduling and backpressure for NF service chains will appear at SIGCOMM 2017 and our joint work with HPE Labs on NFV interconnects will appear at the KBNets workshop!
  • 5/26/2017: I have been officially promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at GW! I’ll be on sabbatical for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • 4/16/2017: I received the GW SEAS Outstanding Junior Researcher Award!
  • 9/12/2016: Our paper on efficiently running LOTS of NFs (80,000+ per second) has been accepted at Co-NEXT! This was a collaboration with IBM and UCR. I’m also co-chairing the Cloud Assisted Networking Workshop at Co-NEXT.
  • 7/11/2016: Our ICAC 16 paper on using NFV to speed up Memcached load balancing by nearly 100X has been selected as a Best Paper Candidate! UPDATE: We won the inaugural Karsten Schwan Best Paper Award!
  • 5/25/2016: This summer my students Grace Liu will intern at Hewlett Packard Labs and Wei Zhang will intern at AT&T Labs Research.
  • 9/1/2015: I have received a grant from NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace division. The project, titled EVADE: Evidence Assisted Detection and Evasion of Security Vulnerabilities will explore operating system and virtualization layer techniques to efficiently detect attacks before they are able to adversely affect a system.
  • 12/3/2014: Congrats to my Ph.D. student Grace Liu for winning the HP Women of Openstack Scholarship!
  • 9/12/2014: My NSF grant Software Defined Network Function Virtualization (SDNFV) - Flexible, High Performance Network and Data Center Virtualization has been approved. This work will be a collaboration with K.K. Ramakrishnan from UC Riverside.
  • 1/5/2014: Our paper NetVM: High Performance and Flexible Networking Using Virtualization on Commodity Platforms has been accepted at NSDI 2014!
  • 11/12/2013: My first Ph.D. student, Jinho Hwang has defended his thesis! Jinho will be starting a Post Doc at IBM Research TJ Watson next month.
  • 1/14/2013: My NSF Career Award: Application-Agnostic, Distributed-Aware Cloud Platforms has been funded!
  • 6/5/2012: Jinho presented our paper at IWQoS and won a Best Student Paper award!
  • 10/24/2011: My PhD dissertation has been selected for an Outstanding Dissertation Award by the UMass Computer Science department (sponsored by Yahoo). It was also nominated for the ACM’s Doctoral Dissertation Award.
  • 8/1/2011: I began as an assistant professor at George Washington University after finishing my Ph.D. at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Research Students

I have been fortunate to work with some excellent PhD students:

The undergrad and MS students I’ve worked with have also gone on to great things: Neel Shah (BS ‘17, VMware), Phil Lopreiato (BS ‘17, Facebook), Harpreet Singh (MS ‘17, Stony Brook), Shaohua Duan (MS ‘16, Rutgers), Chenghu He (MS ‘16, EMC), Lucas Chaufournier (BS ‘15, UMass), Rian Shambaugh (BS ‘15, UMass).

MS Advising

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