Emmanuel Cecchet

Research Scientist
216A CS Building
(413) 545-3787


Operating systems, Distributed systems, Dependable systems, High Availability, Databases, Virtualization technologies, Benchmarking, Mobile networking, Open source software


My current research projects focus on benchmarking mobile devices and cloud services as well as big data with an emphasis on high availability and manageability.


Ph.D. in Distributed Systems from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG / INRIA, France) in 2001. Postdoc at Rice University with Pr. Willy Zwaenepoel in 2001/2002. Charge de Recherche INRIA (INRIA Research Scientist) since 2002. Chief Architect of the ObjectWeb consortium from 2003 to 2005. On leave from INRIA since 2005, first to be Chief Architect and then Chief Scientific Officer at Continuent (industrial transfer of database clustering technologies). Research scientist at EPFL from end of 2006 to 2008. Joined UMass Amherst as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2008. Also worked for Aster Data Systems from October 2008 to May 2010. Currently working for the Laboratory for Advanced System Software (since 2008) with Prashant Shenoy, the Commonwealth Center for Forensics & Society with Brian Levine (since 2011) and the Advanced Networked Systems Research Group with Arun Venkataramani (since 2012).

Activities & Awards

Academic awards: - Best paper award at the ACM/IEE International Symposium on Quality of Service (IWQoS 2013) - Best Ph.D. thesis award from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in 2004. - IEEE best presentation award at the RenPar'2000 conference. Other awards: - p/cluster wins the "Best Clustering Solution" award at LinuxWorld Boston, April 2006. - Apache Derby Code Contest Winner, ApacheCon US, Las Vegas, USA, November 2005. - C-JDBC finalist of LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award in the "Best Database Solution" category, San Francisco, USA, August 2004. - Best programming award at the European festival for junior programmers in 1994 and 1995, Poitiers, France.