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Amna Shahab

PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Research Focus

My research interests lie in the domain of computer architecture and memory subsystems in particular. Currently, I am investigating memory subsystem design for emerging data-center applications.

Recent News

Mar 2020 Our idea paper on speeding up training of deep neural nets with evolutionary algorithms will appear in GECCO'20!

Sep 2019
Our work on using neuroevolution to speed up large-scale distributed ML training received the Best Poster Award at Arm Research Summit!

Oct 2018 Our work on all-private cache hierarchies for server processors is presented at MICRO.

Sep 2018 Our work on all-private cache hierarchies for server processors received the Best Poster Award at this year's Arm Research Summit!

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    September 2016 - Present
    University of Edinburgh, UK

Master of Science by Research in Computer Science (MScR)
    September 2015 - August 2016
    University of Edinburgh, UK

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (BEE)
    September 2010 - June 2014
    National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan

Experience

Teaching Assistant
    September 2016 - Present
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    "Introduction to Computer Systems", "Computer Architecture", "Extreme Computing" and "Informatics Project Proposal"


Summer Research Intern
    June 2013 - August 2013
    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
    Advised by Andrew Becker and Prof. Paolo Ienne


Summer Research Intern
    June 2012 - August 2012
    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
    Advised by Ali Bayrak Galip and Prof. Paolo Ienne

Publications

Conference Papers

PTEMagnet: Fine-grained Physical Memory Reservation for Faster Page Walks in Public Clouds
A Margaritov, D Ustiugov, A Shahab, B Grot. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS), 2021.

Population-based Evolutionary Distributed SGD
A. Shahab and B. Grot. Short, Poster-only Paper In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2020.

Farewell My Shared LLC! A Case for Private Die-Stacked DRAM Caches for Servers
A. Shahab, M. Zhu, A Margaritov, B. Grot. In 51st International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), 2018

Posters


Farewell My Shared LLC! A Case for Private Die-Stacked DRAM Caches for Servers
A. Shahab, M. Zhu, A Margaritov, B. Grot. At PhD Workshop on Next-Generation Cloud Infrastructure organized by Microsoft Research Cambridge, 2019.

Exploring New Directions for Reducing Neural Model Training Time
A. Shahab and B. Grot. At the Arm Research Summit, 2019 (Best Poster Award)


Farewell My Shared LLC! A Case for Private Die-Stacked DRAM Caches for Servers
A. Shahab, M. Zhu, A Margaritov, B. Grot. At the Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture (CWWMCA), in conjunction with MICRO 2018

Farewell My Shared LLC! A Case for Private Die-Stacked DRAM Caches for Servers
A. Shahab, M. Zhu, A Margaritov, B. Grot. At the Arm Research Summit, 2018 (Best Poster Award)

Talks

What is the Future of Memory System in Servers?
Critical Blue, Edinburgh, May 2016

Professional Service

External Reviewer
USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC), 2019

Certifications

Associate Fellow Advance HE (AFHEA)
Advance HE (Previously Higher Education Academy), UK, May 2019

Outreach and Mentoring

STEM Ambassador
January 2016 - Present
STEM East Scotland
Taking part in engagement activities with primary and highschool students.

Women in STEM Mentor
February 2020 - June 2020
Univesity of Edinburgh (EUWiSTEM)
Mentoring UG students.

Contact

Address:

Informatics Forum, Office 2.05, 10 Crichton Street
EH8 9AB, Edinburgh, UK

E-mail:

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