Minghao Xie

Engineering 2 · 1156 High St · CA 95064 · (831) 295-2379 · mhxie@ucsc.edu

I am a first-year computer engineering Ph.D. student at Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz. Before, I got my B.E. degree in Computer Science from Sichuan University, China.

I am fortunate to be advised by Chen Qian and Heiner Litz. My research interests revolve around computer networks and systems. Recently, my work focuses on flash storage aggregation, funded by CRSS, UC Santa Cruz. I wish to build systems that are simple but future-proof.


Evaluating 100Gbps Flash Disaggregation on ARM SoC [poster]

CRSS Project
  • Provide a portable flash disaggregation software (across DPDK/SPDK versions & different architectures)
  • Explore the differences between ARM and x86
  • Achieve a state-of-the-art throughput with better TCO
Sep 2018 - Now

Explore A SDN-based In-Network Caching Technique in ICN (PI)

Top-Notch Talent Research Training Program
  • Improved the performance of in-network caching technique in ICN;
  • Enabled SDN features to simplify the compatibility/management/policy.
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

Recloud - Hybrid Cloud Storage System (PI) [link]

Top-Notch Talent Research Training Program
  • Built a serverless hybrid cloud storage system, written in Python;
  • Coordinated the design of over all architecture and the merge of heterogeneous storage;
  • Developed the authentication module, reaching a balance between convenience and security
Apr 2016 – Mar 2017

Wireless Camera based Real-time Pedestrian [link]

Undergraduate Training Programs for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Built the real-time detecting/tracking system by using OpenCV & QT;
  • Designed the loose coupling architecture, achieving easy module replacement;
  • Boosted the recognizing & detecting speed by 25x.
Apr 2015 – Mar 2016


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Test-Driven Development
  • Agile Development & Scrum
Hardware Development
  • SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit)
  • DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit)
  • Document Writing: LaTex, Markdown
  • Networking Tools: Wireshark, Mininet


Apart from being a researcher, I spend my weekends reading. I like reading sci-fi, economics, and other popular books. I'm fond of the hard sci-fi written by Isaac Asimov and Cixin Liu.

For outdoor activities, I enjoy hiking and traveling, especially to the places with beautiful natural landscapes. I'm so glad that living in UCSC makes me hike every day. I like playing ball games and jogging as well.

Last but not least, I am a Sunday painter who is trying to transform the style from realistic to fantastic (not abstract). The painter I respect most is Camille Pissarro.

Honors & Awards

  • Computer Science Star (1.5%), College of Computer Science, Sichuan University, June 2018
  • Outstanding graduate (2.5%), College of Computer Science, Sichuan University, May 2018
  • 1st Class - Top-Notch Talents Scholarship (1%), College of Computer Science, Sichuan University, Nov 2017
  • National Scholarship (1.5%), Sichuan University, Nov 2016
  • 1st Class - Integrated Scholarship (2%), College of Computer Science, Sichuan University, Oct 2016
  • 1st Place & 3rd Prize - China Students Service Outsourcing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Sichuan University & China, Sep 2016


CMPE110(TA): Computer Achitecture, 19winter

Office hour: Th 10am - 11am, BE 121
Discussion sections:
  • M 4:00pm-5:05pm, Earth&Marine B210
  • Th 8:30am-9:35am, Earth&Marine B210