Mingyang Zhang

I’m a Ph.D. student in Networked System Lab at USC, luckily advised by Prof. Ramesh Govindan. My recent research interests lie in datacenter network design, management and control. I earned my B.S from HIT in 2012 and my M.S from USTC in 2015 before joining NSL.

Ongoing Projects

  • Reliable Control Plane Design and Verification
  • Understanding Global-Scale Network Failures
  • Reconfigurable Datacenter Architecture
  • Datacenter Topology Design, Analysis and Management


Understanding Lifecycle Management Complexity of Datacenter Topologies
Mingyang Zhang, Radhika Niranjan Mysore, Sucha Supittayapornpong, Ramesh Govindan
USENIX NSDI, 2019. Best Paper Award

Wide-Area Analytics with Multiple Resources
Chien-Chun Hung, Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, Leana Golubchik, Minlan Yu, Mingyang Zhang
Eurosys, 2018.

Algorithms for Preemptive and Nonpreemptive VM Allocation in Azure
Mingyang Zhang, Yang Chen, Thomas Moscibroda
Microsoft Technical Report

On the Parallelization of Spectrum Defragmentation Reconfigurations in Elastic Optical Networks
Mingyang Zhang, Changsheng You, Zuqing Zhu
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 2819-2833, Oct. 2016

Bandwidth Defragmentation in Dynamic Elastic Optical Networks with Minimum Traffic Disruptions
Mingyang Zhang, Weiran Shi, Long Gong, Wei Lu, Zuqing Zhu
IEEE ICC, 2013. Best Paper Award

Industry Experience

  • Google, Global Networking, SWE Intern, 2020.6-2020.8
    • Mentors: Priya Mahadevan
  • Google, Network Infrastructure, Intern Researcher, 2019.5-2020.4
  • VMware Research, Academic Collaborator, 2017.5-2018.2
  • HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA, Intern Researcher, 2016.5-2016.8
  • Microsoft Research, Beijing, China, Intern Researcher, 2013.4-2014.2

Honors and Awards

  • Best paper award, NSDI, 2019.
  • Annenberg Fellowship, USC, 2015.
  • Star of Tomorrow Award, Microsoft Research Asia, 2014.
  • National Scholarship,China Ministry of Education, 2013.
  • Best paper award, ICC, 2013.


  • Teaching Assistant, CSCI-585: Database Systems, Spring 2017


Email: mingyanz[at]usc[dot]edu

University of Southern California
Department of Computer Science
941 Bloom Walk, SAL 227
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781