Peter Desnoyers

Associate Professor, Northeastern University

For Fall 2022 Peter is on sabbatical at Red Hat. His sabbatical plans include working to upstream recent research work on log-structured virtual disks, and learning more about real-world use cases to inform cloud storage research at Northeastern University. Peter will have office hours Wednesdays, 9-11 am ET, to connect with other Red Hatters. Reach out to

Peter Desnoyers is an Associate Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, which he joined in 2008. He is one of the founders of the Massachusetts Open Cloud, a multi-institutional collaboration to develop new models for cloud computing, and serves on the steering committee. His research is focused on storage issues in operating systems and the cloud, with a particular focus on log-structured systems such as flash and SMR translation layers and novel uses of object storage.

Professor Desnoyers is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the UMass Boston Department of Computer Science and a past visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has chaired the ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR ’17), the IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST ’15), is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, and has served on the program committees and editorial boards of major computer science conferences and journals.

Professor Desnoyers received his PhD in Computer Science in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, under Professor Prashant Shenoy. Prior to his doctorate, he had a fifteen-year engineering career at Apple, Motorola, and a series of small startups. Professor Desnoyers received his BS and MS degrees from MIT in 1988.