Edouard Bugnion


Biography and current work


Edouard Bugnion joined EPFL in 2012, where his focus is on datacenter systems. His areas of interest include operating systems, datacenter infrastructure (systems and networking), and computer architecture.

Before joining EPFL, Edouard spent 18 years in the US, where he studied at Stanford and co-founded two startups: VMware and Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco). At VMware from 1998 until 2005, he played many roles including CTO. At Nuova/Cisco from 2005 until 2011, he helped build the core engineering team and became the VP/CTO of Cisco’s Server, Access, and Virtualization Technology Group, a group that brought to market Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) platform for virtualized datacenters.

Together with his colleagues, he received the ACM Software System Award for VMware 1.0 in 2009. His paper Disco: Running Commodity Operating Systems on Scalable Multiprocessors" received a Best Paper Award at SOSP '97 and was entered into the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award in 2008. He also received the Infoworld “Top 25 CTO Award” (2004) while at VMware.


Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University, 2012
M.Sc., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1996
Dipl.-Ing., Informatik, ETHZ, 1994

Current Research

I am generally interested in all aspects of data center systems. Together with my students, we are currently active in three projects:

  • Scale-Out NUMA (see ASPLOS '14 paper)
  • IX - A Protected Dataplane OS (OSDI '14 Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award)
  • Virtual Data Planes
  • Teaching

  • Fall:CS-522: Principles of Computer Systems

    (with Prof. Argyraki, Prof. Candea, and Prof. Koch) (F12, F 13, F14)

  • Spring:CS-410: Technology Ventures in IC

    (S14,S15 (f.k.a CS-622)

  • Edouard Bugnion

    Fields of Expertise

    • Computer Systems, Data center infrastructure and networking, Operating systems, Virtualization