Dr. Cheng-Zhong Xu is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University and the Director of the Cloud and Internet Computing Laboratory (CIC). He is also the Director of Sun's Center of Excellence in Open Source Computing and Applications (OSCA). Professor Xu's main research interests lie networked computing systems with an emphasis on resource management for system's performance, reliability, availability, power efficiency, and securtiy. The systems of particular interest include distributed systems and the Internet, servers and datacenters, scalable parallel computers, and wireless embedded devices. See the 2007 department newsletter for a featured article about Dr. Xu's research. He is an editor of a number of journals, including IEEE Trans. on Computers (TC), IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing (TCC), IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) and J. of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC). Dr. Xu is an IEEE fellow and the Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing (TCDP). Dr. Xu obtained BSc. and MSc. degrees from Nanjing University in 1986, and 1989, respectively, and a Ph.D degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1993, all in Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Xu was a former Interm Chairman of the department. Dr. Xu is currently on leave, visiting Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. See SIAT for more information about the institute.

Dr. Xu is a recipient of "President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching" of Wayne State University in 2002 and "Career Development Chair Award" in 2003.

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As computer systems become more and more networked and complex, new foundations are needed for understanding and controlling their integral properties. Dr. Xu's research is dedicated to the investigation, establishment, and experimental evaluation of new theoretical foundations and system artifacts to significantly improve the systems performance, availability, security, and energy efficiency.


Dr. Xu's research team is comprised of an elite group of students and research associates, who actually conduct the nuts and bolts of the research. Most of his former Ph.D students and post-docs have escaped to academic positions or major industrial labs. See CIC labpage for the team.

Dr. Xu continuously look for self-motivated and hard-working students to join force. Financial support is available for those who have demonstrated a passion for their work.


Dr. Xu teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to computer architecture, computer networks, and distributed and parallel computing. He has created new courses about Scalable and Secure Internet Services and Machine Learning for Computer Systems.

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Dr. Xu serves (or served) in the editorial boards of a number of journals, including the leading journals in his field: IEEE Trans. on Computers, IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2008-2012) and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing . He also has participated in the organization of several conferences and workshops in his field.

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Last updated in December 2015