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CS graduate student awarded 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal

Thursday, May 19, 2016
David R. Minyang HanCheriton School of Computer Science graduate student Minyang (Young) Han has been awarded the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal for Highest Standing in a Master's program. There is one award recipient each year.
 
Han's thesis (supervised by Khuzaima Daudjee) titled On Improving Distributed Pregel-like Graph Processing Systems addresses how graph processing systems can effectively and efficiently perform analytics over large graphs, which are used to store data from applications in many domains such as social networks, biology, logistics and semantic networks.
 
Through three papers published in highly selective top-tier venues,
Han's work exposes key performance issues in graph processing systems
and proposes solutions that address limitations of existing graph
processing models. His research also delivers solutions designed and
built into the Giraph open source graph processing system.
 
"Han's attention to detail in his research is remarkable. His analysis
is detailed and thorough, exposing key underlying principles and trends.
His writing is clear and the context he provides is precise." said
supervisor Khuzaima Daudjee.

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