Arash Pourhabibi

A computer geek, a food lover, and a traveler-wannabe

About Me

My name is Arash (Persian: آرش) (aka NEO). I am a PhD candidate at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, and a doctoral research assistant at PARSA under supervision of Prof. Babak Falsafi. I did my master’s in Software Engineering at the Department of CSE and IT of Shiraz University, where I also received my B.Sc. in Software Engineering.

I am broadly interested in the field of computer systems and interdisciplinary systems-level problems found in modern, large-scale datacenters, from cloud services to data stores and all the way down to server systems. By characterizing modern datacenter applications, I look for maximizing the compute density of server systems and minimizing their energy footprint through specialization of various system components and better system integration. My current focus is on the evasion of the RPC tax in datacenters through hardware-software co-design.

You can find my CV (updated May 2021) here.



Ph.D. in Computer & Communication Sciences

2015 - 2021 (Expected)

Doctoral research assistant at the Parallel Systems Architecture (PARSA) lab under supervision of Prof. Babak Falsafi.

Thesis: Hardware-software Co-design to Evade the RPC Tax in Datacenters

Related Courses: Advanced Multiprocessor Architecture, Topics on Datacenter Design, Understanding Datacenter Software Dynamics

Shiraz University

M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (Software Engineering)

2013 - 2015

Thesis: Design & Implementation of a Scheme for Big Data Processing on GPU

Advisor: Dr. Farshad Khunjush

Ranked First: Achieving the highest course GPA (19.84/20) among all M.Sc. students

Related Courses: Advanced OS, Advanced Computer Architecture, Multicore Programming, Parallel Algorithms, Grid Computing, Software Architecture, Text Mining

Shiraz University

B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (Software Engineering)

2009 - 2013

Ranked First: Achieved the highest GPA in CS courses (18.88/20) among all B.Sc. students


Data Transformer Apparatus. Arash Pourhabibi, Siddharth Gupta, Hussein Kassir, Mark Sutherland, Zilu Tian, Mario Drumond, Babak Falsafi, Christoph Koch. Patent (Pending), March 2021. [Detailed Record]

Optimus Prime: Accelerating Data Transformation in Servers. Arash Pourhabibi, Siddharth Gupta, Hussein Kassir, Mark Sutherland, Zilu Tian, Mario Drumond, Babak Falsafi, Christoph Koch. In Proceedings of the 25th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, ASPLOS'20, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2020. [Detailed Record] [View at Publisher]

Towards Near-Threshold Server Processors. A. Pahlevan, J. Picorel, A. Pourhabibi, D. Rossi, M. Zapater, A. Bartolini, P. G. Del Valle, D. Atienza, L. Benini, and B. Falsafi. In Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), Dresden, Germany, March 2016. [Detailed Record] [View at Publisher]