My name is Xing Lin. I successfully defended my PhD dissertation on July 22nd, 2015! Currently, I am working in the Advanced Technology Group at NetApp.

I was a PHD student in the school of computing at the University of Utah. My advisor is Prof. Robert Ricci. I worked as a research assistant in the FLUX research group, for six years. Before that, I got my Bachelor degree from College of Software, Nankai University, China in 2009. I am interested in file systems, deduplicating storage systems, SSDs and distributed storage systems. The theme of my PhD research is to improve space efficiency of storage systems. This includes improving compression with Migratory Compression (FAST14), improving deduplication by separating metadata from data (HotStorage15) and using deduplication to store disk images for network testbeds (TridentCom15).

I did two internships with Fred Douglis at the Advanced Development Team, EMC Core Technologies Division and one internship with Gokul Soundararajan and Jingxin Feng at the Advanced Technology Group, NetApp.

The key is deliberative practice: not just doing it again and again, but challenging yourself with a task that is just beyond your current ability, trying it, analyzing your performance while and after doing it, and correcting any mistakes. – Peter Norvig