About Me

I am a final year Ph.D. Candidate in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. My advisor is Professor David Wentzlaff who leads the Princeton Parallel Research Group.

I am on the job market this year! You can find my recent CV here.


Ph.D., Computer Science (2013-)
Princeton University, NJ
Adviser: Prof. David Wentzlaff

M.A., Computer Science (2013-2015)
Princeton University, NJ
Adviser: Prof. David Wentzlaff

M.Sci., Computing Science (2008-2013), with Honours of the First Class
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Masters Advisor: Dr. John O'Donnell
Honours Advisor: Prof. Joseph Sventek

Exchange Student, Department of Computer Science (2009-2010)
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Research Assistant, Princeton Parallel Research Group

Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK (Summer 2016)
Research Intern

Arm Ltd, Cambridge, UK (Summer 2012)
Summer Placement (Intern)

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (Summer 2012)
Vacation Scholar (Research Intern)
Advisor: Prof. Joseph Sventek

Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Republic of Korea (Summer 2011)
Assistant Engineer (Intern)

Distributed Systems Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara (Summer 2010)
Research Assistant (Intern)
Advisor: Prof. Amr El Abbadi


Refereed Conference Publications

  • BYOC: A "Bring Your Own Core" Framework for Heterogeneous-ISA Research
    J. Balkind, K. Lim, M. Schaffner, F. Gao, G. Chirkov, A. Li, A. Lavrov, T. Nguyen, Y. Fu, F. Zaruba, K. Gulati, L. Benini, and D. Wentzlaff
    International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS), March 2020 (to appear)
  • Architectural Implications of Function-as-a-Service Computing
    M. Shahrad, J. Balkind, and D. Wentzlaff
    52nd International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), October 2019
  • JuxtaPiton: Enabling Heterogeneous-ISA Research with RISC-V and SPARC FPGA Soft-cores
    K. Lim, J. Balkind, and D. Wentzlaff
    International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), February 2019 (poster paper)
  • Power and Energy Characterization of an Open Source 25-core Manycore Processor  
    M. McKeown, A. Lavrov, M. Shahrad, P. Jackson, Y. Fu, J. Balkind, T. Nguyen, K. Lim, Y. Zhou, and D. Wentzlaff
    24th IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), February 2018
  • Project Snowflake: Non-blocking safe manual memory management in .NET
    M. Parkinson, D. Vytiniotis, K. Vaswani, M. Costa, P. Deligiannis, D. McDermott, A. Blankstein, J. Balkind
    (OOPSLA), October 2017
  • Piton: A 25-core Academic Manycore Processor
    M. McKeown, Y. Fu, T. Nguyen, Y. Zhou, J. Balkind, A. Lavrov, M. Shahrad, S. Payne, and D. Wentzlaff
    IEEE Hot Chips 28 Symposium (HotChips), August 2016
  • OpenPiton: An Open Source Manycore Research Framework  
    J. Balkind, M. McKeown, Y. Fu, T. Nguyen, Y. Zhou, A. Lavrov, M. Shahrad, A. Fuchs, S. Payne, X. Liang, M. Matl, and D. Wentzlaff
    21st International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS), April 2016
  • Execution Drafting: Energy Efficiency Through Computation Deduplication
    M. McKeown, J. Balkind, D. Wentzlaff
    Proc. 47th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), December 2014

Invited Articles

Refereed Workshop Publications

Talks and Tutorials

Honours and Awards

  • First Prize Winner - Graduate Category - ACM Student Research Competition, ASPLOS 2019 - April 2019
  • Siebel Scholarship Class of 2018 - Siebel Scholars Foundation - September 2017
  • Gordon Y.S. Wu Fellowship in Engineering - Princeton University - September 2013 - June 2017
  • Fan Favourite Research Talk - Princeton Research Day - May 2016
  • Mentor Award - Princeton Graduate Student Appreciation Week - April 2016
  • 25 Under 25 Award - Princeton Innovation, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering - February 2016
  • LabMatch/ReMatch Mentor Award - Princeton University - July 2015
  • Contribution to the School Award - University of Glasgow - June 2013
  • ARM Sponsorship - ARM Ltd - November 2012
  • Amor Class Prize - University of Glasgow - June 2012