I am a PhD student of computer science at The Australian National University. I am advised by Steve Blackburn, Mike Bond, and Martin Maas. I work in programming languages, computer architecture, and performance analysis/optimization.
I received my bachelor’s degree from The Australian National University, where I was advised by Steve Blackburn and Mike Bond.
- Jan 2023 I will be on the Artifact Evaluation Committee for PLDI 2023.
- Jan 2023 I will be Video Co-Chair for PLDI 2024.
- Sep 2022 I will be Video Co-Chair for PLDI 2023.
- Sep 2022 I will be on the Artifact Evaluation Committee for ASPLOS 2023.
I design novel hardware architectures to build more efficient abstractions in programming languages, while maintaining a productive and safe interface for programmers. I also write and optimize high-performance systems software, such as garbage collectors, virtual machines, and distributed ML training libraries, supported by the performance analysis tools and methodology I develop. You can learn more about my research here.
My publications are listed on dblp, Google Scholar, and ACM DL. Preprints can be found on arXiv. You can also see my CV for the full list of publications.
Distilling the Real Cost of Production Garbage Collectors. Zixian Cai, Stephen M. Blackburn, Michael D. Bond, Martin Maas. International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS), 2022. pdf doi code video
Understanding and Utilizing Hardware Transactional Memory Capacity. Zixian Cai, Stephen M. Blackburn, Michael D. Bond. International Symposium on Memory Management (ISMM), 2021. pdf doi code video
Synthesizing Optimal Collective Algorithms. Zixian Cai, Zhengyang Liu, Saeed Maleki, Madan Musuvathi, Todd Mytkowicz, Jacob Nelson, Olli Saarikivi. Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP), 2021. Best Paper Award. pdf doi code (SCCL) code (MSCCL) video