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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Wu-chun Feng

Professor of Computer Science
Virginia Tech

Wu Feng, Professor and Elizabeth & James Turner Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech since 2006, is an internationally recognized researcher in parallel and distributed computing. His work sits at the synergistic intersection of computer architecture, systems software and tools, middleware, and applications, spanning from core computer science research to highly interdisciplinary research, including the life sciences and neuroscience.

Best known for his research in energy-efficient parallel computing, in early 2002, Dr. Feng created Green Destiny, a 240-node supercomputer in five square feet with a power envelope of only 3.2 kilowatts. This invention led to international media coverage, including CNN and The New York Times. In turn, it inspired the founding of the Green500, which identifies the world’s greenest supercomputers; mpiBLAST, accelerated software that identifies regions of similarity between biological sequences; and more recently, HokieSpeed, a computing resource for science and engineering that debuted as the greenest commodity supercomputer in the U.S. in 2011.

Dr. Feng’s earlier networking research of the 1990s culminated in a software technique called dynamic rightsizing that automatically accelerated network performance and is now part of the Linux operating system. More recently, his research has delivered parallel computing to the masses by simultaneously coordinating two types of silicon brains – a CPU (“left brain”) and a GPU (“right brain”) – in mobile devices, desktops, supercomputers, and MOON and cloud computing to accelerate discovery and innovation and to educate tomorrow’s scientists and engineers from elementary schools to universities.

Dr. Feng’s 200-plus publications and 50-plus awards, including six Best Paper Awards and three R&D 100 Awards, span parallel and distributed computing and bridge to many application domains, including biology, geology, education, and health care. This research was supported by over 70 grants, totaling more than $32 million, including the first worldwide award from NVIDIA to “Compute the Cure” for cancer.

Dr. Feng received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois and B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering and B.S. Honors in Music from Penn State University.

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Wu-chun Feng


"I have come to realize a sense of societal responsibility to empower the U.S. educational system via seamless integration of my research, education, service, infrastructure, and knowledge to simultaneously tackle the STEM hemorrhage and bridge the digital divide between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ with innovative computer science."