Dimitrios Nikolopoulos is the John W. Hancock Professor of Engineering, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Professor by courtesy in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He conducts research in Computer Systems and High-Performance Computing. Some of his prior research has been adopted in the OpenMP parallel programming standard, RedHat Enterprise Linux, several commercial system software products including parallelizing compilers, in-memory databases, and data stream processing systems, as well as numerous experimental operating systems and programming languages for multicore and multithreaded servers. More details about his research are available in his DBLP, Google Scholar, ORCID, or Scopus profiles. Dimitrios is teaching courses in Computer Organization, Systems and Networking Capstone, Multiprocessor Programming and Warehouse-Scale Computing.
Dimitrios is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow, a Distinguished Member of the ACM, and a Distinguished Contributor of the IEEE Computer Society. In addition, he has received numerous prestigious personal investigator and faculty awards (including the NSF CAREER, DOE Early Career, IBM Faculty Award, Cisco Faculty Awards, SFI-DEL Investigator Award, Marie Curie Individual Fellowship), nine best paper awards from premier conferences (including SC, PPoPP, IPDPS, CCGRID, and DATE, as well as best paper award nominations from ICS, SC, and HPDC) and multiple awards for editorial excellence (notably awards from IEEE’s Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and Elsevier’s Sustainable Computing Informatics and Systems). He has chaired the Program Committee of the ACM International Conference on Supercomputing in 2022 and 2023. His research has been supported with over $35 million of external funding (personal share of a total of $102 million in competitive funding) from NSF, DOE, the European Commission, EPSRC, SFI, and the private sector.
Dimitrios served in major University leadership roles, including Head of the School of EEECS at QUB, Director of the ECIT Global Innovation Institute, and Director of the QUB HPC Working Group. During his tenure in leadership roles, he received on behalf of the School two awards for efforts to improve diversity and inclusion (Athena Swan Silver, Investors in People Silver).
Dimitrios currently leads the PEARL (Performance and Resiliency) lab at Virginia Tech. He is also Associate Director of the Stack@CS Center for Computer Systems, with a remit to advance cross-stack collaborative research against significant challenges in computing systems.
Dimitrios actively looks for motivated Ph.D. students to join PEARL. Students interested in cross-cutting research on High-Performance Computing and Computer Systems are welcome. Interested students are welcome to reach out with an expression of interest and a brief description of any research experience (e.g., projects, publications) or relevant technical experience (e.g., software or hardware artifacts) that they have.
PEARL also welcomes MSc (with thesis option), Undergraduate, and High School students for term internships.