Wu-chun Feng, or simply "Wu", is an associate professor of Computer Science with a courtesy appointment in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT). At VT, he directs the Synergy Laboratory, which conducts research at the synergistic intersection of systems software, middleware, and application software; of particular note is his high-performance computing (HPC) research in the areas of green supercomputing, accelerator-based parallel computing, and bioinformatics. Prior to joining VT, he spent seven years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he began his journey in green supercomputing in 2001 with Green Destiny, a 240-node supercomputer in 5 square feet and consuming only 3.2 kW of power when booted diskless. This work ultimately created the impetus for the Green500.
Previous professional stints include The Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Orion Multisystems, Vosaic, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and NASA Ames Research Center. Over this professional career, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and BBC News. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his research, including five Best Paper Awards, two IBM Faculty Awards, and a NVIDIA Professor Partnership Award.
He received a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in Music (Honors) in 1988 and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. He is a senior member of the IEEE and was listed on HPCwire's Top People to Watch List in 2004.