Computer Laboratory

Dr Diana Andreea Popescu


I am a research associate working on edge computing and data centre networking in the Systems Research Group. I have completed my PhD in Computer Science working on data centre networking, network measurement and cluster scheduling, in the Systems Research Group at the University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Technology. During my PhD I was a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher working in the EU-funded METRICS project.

I studied for my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania, where I graduated first of my class, and for my master degree in Computer Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. I am an alumna of Churchill College. I served as postgraduate representative and media chair on the women@CL committee. I was awarded a Women Techmakers Scholarship by Google in 2017.

My PhD thesis can be found here. My Google Scholar profile can be found here.




  • Latency-driven performance in data centres (PhD thesis)
  • Network measurements in the data plane using programmable switches
  • Defence Against Threats in IoT Smart Homes

Invited Talks

Work Experience

  • Software Engineering Intern at Google, Sunnyvale, USA, June 2017 - August 2017
    I worked in the Network Infrastructure team on optimising Bandwidth Enforcer's traffic delegation system to improve performance when used by specific application architectures.
  • Software Engineering Intern at Google, Mountain View, USA, June 2015 - September 2015
    I worked in the Platforms Networking team on improving a network monitoring system used in Google's data centers.
  • Site Reliability Engineer Intern at Google, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2013 - January 2014
    I worked in the Social Storage SRE team on measuring the CPU usage of individual user queries in order to estimate the cost of a query.
  • Master Thesis Intern at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, February 2013 - July 2013
    I worked for my master thesis on researching parallelisation techniques for the library used in the design of the Final Focus System of the future accelerators, the International Linear Collider (ILC) and the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).
  • Intern at CERN openlab, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2010 - August 2010
    Performance monitoring of the software frameworks for the Large Hadron Collider experiments.


I supervised students for the following courses:


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