Antonio Barbalace

Senior Lecturer
Institute for Computing Systems Architecture
School of Informatics
The University of Edinburgh
2.04B Informatics Forum
10 Crichton St,
Edinburgh, Scotland

I am Antonio Barbalace, Senior Lecturer with the Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA) in the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh.

My research focuses on system software. Specifically, operating systems (Linux, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin, L4), virtualization environments (QEMU, QEMU/KVM, and Xen), and run-times/compilers/linkers (LLVM, gcc, ld, gold) for parallel, distributed and heterogeneous computer architectures (including near data processing platforms).
My interests include general-purpose and real-time scheduling, synchronization protocols, distributed algorithms, networking, and storage systems. Performance analysis is my favorite way of investigation using tracing or simulation tools. Lately, I am investigating power efficiency, fault-tolerance, and security. I am also interested in industrial control systems, signal and image processing.

I am looking for talented (BS, MS, PhD) students and postdocs to join my group at University of Edinburgh!
If you like to hack system and application code write me an email or stop by my office!
Education and Experience
Before moving to the University of Edinburgh I held an Assistant Professor position at Stevens Institute of Technology -- just in front of NYC. Earlier, I was a Principal Research Scientist and Manager at the Germen Research Center of Huawei in Munich, working within the OS and Virtualization team of the IT Software Infrastructure Lab (director Dr. Goetz Brasche). There, I started the work on the NDP Operating System, some real-time projects, and established a new microkernel hypervisor to be formally verified.
Prior to the German Research Center, I spent 5 years as a Research Assistant Professor, and before a postdoc, at the Systems Software Research Group of ECE Virginia Tech, working closely with my mentor and supervisor Prof. Binoy Ravindran. At VT, I started with Prof. Ravindran the family of Popcorn projects (Linux, Xen, LLVM) which looked at how to manage hardware heterogeneity. At VT I also worked on other real-time and hypervisor projects -- financed mainly by ONR and ASFOR.
Before moving to Virginia in November 2011, I was a Research Staff Member at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Padova, Italy, working at the big physics experiment RFX. I graduated with my PhD at the end of 2010 from the University of Padova under the supervision of Professors Giuseppe Zollino, Adriano Luchetta and Gabriele Manduchi.

Linkedin Profile
Google Scholar Profile
Microsoft Academic Profile
Edinburgh Research Explorer
System-nuts' Research Group Repository
Sourceforge (Personal and Popcorn Linux)
Current Projects
ExtOS (More info to come)
AIsched (More info to come)
Past Projects
Near data processing OS
(Virginia Tech) Popcorn Linux and Compiler Framework
(Virginia Tech) Popcorn Xen
(Virginia Tech) Fault Tolerant Linux (FT-Popcorn)
(Virginia Tech) cthread
(Virginia Tech) linuxmf-emu
(Virginia Tech) KairosVM
(Virginia Tech) ChronOS Linux
(Virginia Tech) Resilire
(Virginia Tech) Linux TM
(University of Padova) SCHEDsimula, Scheduler Simulator
(Euratom) BaseLib/MARTe, Multi Application Real Time executor
(University of Padova) Linux/RTAI Live Distribution
Contributed Projects
Current Students
Aman Mishra PhD (UoE)
Harsha PhD (UoE) co-advised with Pramod Bhatotia
Hesam Tajbakhsh PhD (Stevens)
Tong Xing MS (Stevens)
Past Students
Ho-Ren Chuang PhD (VT), 2020 Shared-something in Popcorn Linux OS
Christopher Jelesnianski PhD (VT), 2020 Runtime/compiler/linker for heterogeneous platforms
Rob Lyerly PhD (VT), 2019 Scheduling in heterogeneous-ISA OS-capable and CPU-GPU platforms
Peng Lu PhD (VT), 2015 Citibank, New York, New York, US
Wei Wang PhD (Stevens),
Shikha Sonenj MS (Stevens),
Aayush Patel MS (Stevens)
Elliot Wasem BS (Stevens)
Anthony Carno MS (VT),
Yuzhong Wen MS (VT), Replicated process execution on a replicated-kernel OS
Saif Ansary MS (VT), CISCO Systems, San Jose, CA, US
Sharath Bhat MEng (VT), Intel Corporation, Denver, CO, US
Michael Drescher MS (VT), Zeta Associates, Fairfax, VA, US
David Katz MS (VT), The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MA, US
Charlie Kendir BS (VT), L3 Communication, Arlington, TX, US
Andy Martin BS (VT), Qualcomm, NC, US
Akshay Ravichandran MS (VT), Huge Network, WDC, US
Ajithchandra Saya MEng (VT), Intel Corporation, Austin, TX, US
Ben Shelton MS (VT), Intel Corporation, Austin, TX, US
Enrico Marini MS (University of Padova), Reply SpA, Padova, Italy
Operating Systems (INFR) 2020/2021 Semester 2, The University of Edinburgh
Operating Systems (INFR) 2019/2020 Semester 2, The University of Edinburgh
Computer Architecture 2019/2020 Spring Semester, Stevens Institute of Technology
Operating Systems 2018/2019 Spring Semester, Stevens Institute of Technology
Applied Software Design 2015/2016 Spring Semester, Virginia Tech
Real-time Systems 2014/2015 Spring Semester, Virginia Tech -- substitute instructor
Real-time Systems/C Programming and Interfaces 2010/2011, Spring Semester, University of Padova
Real-time Systems/C Programming and Interfaces 2009/2010, Spring Semester, University of Padova
Real-time Systems/C Programming and Interfaces 2008/2009, Spring Semester, University of Padova

Partially updated on the 15th of June 2020