
Kristy Gardner
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Computer Science Department
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Email: kgardner@amherst.edu
Office: C215 Science Center
Phone: 4135425428

Teaching
Current:
COSC211: Data Structures
COSC223: Probability and Computing
Past:
COSC311: Algorithms (Fall 2018)
COSC111: Introduction to Computer Science I (Spring 2018)
COSC211: Data Structures (Spring 2018)
COSC111: Introduction to Computer Science I (Fall 2017)
COSC311: Algorithms (Fall 2017)
Slides on TA responsibilities (from 2/1/18 TA training session)
Research
My research focuses on performance modeling: developing mathematical solutions that predict system performance and inform system design. While my work is largely theoretical, I draw my research topics from the problems that arise in practice in computer systems. One common performance metric is latencythe time from when a job arrives to the system until it completes serviceand providing low latency is a key goal of most systems. To do this, we need to answer questions such as "how many servers does our system need?", "how should we disptch jobs to servers?", and "in what order should we schedule jobs to run?" My work involves designing dispatching and scheduling policies and mathematically analyzing these policies to predict their performance. One of my particular interests is in developing theoretical models of computer systems that accurately capture important features of real systems without sacrificing analytical tractability.
My publications
Education
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2015
B.A., Amherst College, 2012