Alastair F. Donaldson (Ally)
Ally is a Reader? (roughly equivalent to US Associate Professor) in Computing at Imperial College London where he is:
- Leader of the Multicore Programming research group
- Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies
- Deputy Head of the Programming Languages and Systems (PLAS) section
Ally was cohort mentor for second year PhD students, July 2013-January 2014.
Multicore Programming Group
The Multicore Programming Group‘s research aim is to help software developers in the construction of applications that are both reliable (ideally, they do not go wrong; realistically, they do not go wrong too often) and efficient (they run quickly and do not consume too much energy). These are competing aims: optimising software for performance and energy-efficiency is challenging, and even the most skilled developers risk introducing serious flaws into a system during the process of optimisation. Our work attempts to help this situation by providing system-level formal verification and testing techniques to help expert programmers write correct low-level software, and high-level programming models from which efficient implementations can be generated to allow non-expert programmers to avoid the pitfalls of hand-optimisation.
Our work focuses primarily on software for multicore and manycore systems, since exploiting parallelism is nowadays the principle means for accelerating applications.
- September 2017-: Reader, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
- August 2014-August 2017: Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
- November 2011-July 2014: Lecturer, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
- August-September 2011: Visiting Researcher, RiSE Group, Microsoft Research Redmond
- January 2010-August 2011: Research Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford
- May 2009-August 2011: EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, working in the Formal Verification Group, led by Daniel Kroening
- January 2007-May 2009: Research Engineer at Codeplay Software Ltd.
- July-September 2005: Summer intern, Graham Technology
- October 2003-June 2007: PhD in Computing Science, Department (now School) of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, supervised by Alice Miller
- June-September 2002: Summer intern, Reuters Plc.
- October 1999-July 2003: BSc (hons, First Class) in Computing Science and Mathematics (combined), University of Glasgow