601.817: Selected Topics in Systems Research

Fall 2017

Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm, Malone 222

Prof. Ryan Huang


601.817 is a weekly seminar organized by the OrderLab. It covers latest advances in the research of computer systems including operating systems, distributed system, mobile and cloud computing. Students will read and discuss recent papers in top systems conferences such as OSDI, SOSP, NSDI, EuroSys, MobiSys, ASPLOS and FAST.

Each week, one student will present the paper and lead the discussion for the week. Other students MUST read the paper to be presented before the seminar. Do not come to the seminar to read the paper. This seminar is supposed to generate in-depth discussions. It is impossible to do so without reading the paper first. During the reading group discussion, there might be some questions that were left unanswered and required further investigation. In that case, the discussion lead should start a email thread to systalk@cs.jhu.edu afterwards to follow up.

The focus topics covered in the papers vary semester to semester. Example topics include fault-tolerance, reliability, verification, energy efficiency, and virtualization. The presenter decides which paper to present. In general, select the papers that are relevant to your research project first (i.e., depth-first). If you are not sure, it is a good idea to check with me first before preparing the presentation. Also, try to avoid picking papers that have already been picked in the past (the past schedules are linked on the leftside menu).

The presentation announcements are sent via the mailing list systalk@cs.jhu.edu. Students who registered for the course please email me to sign up for the mailing list.


12/21/2017 Yigong Hu

DeepXplore: Automated Whitebox Testing of Deep Learning Systems

Kexin Pei, Yinzhi Cao , Junfeng Yang, Suman Jana

SOSP '17 Paper
12/14/2017 Chang Lou

My VM is Lighter (and Safer) than your Container

Filipe Manco (NEC Europe Ltd.); Costin Lupu (University Politehnica of Bucharest); Florian Schmidt, Jose Mendes, Simon Kuenzer, Sumit Sati, Kenichi Yasukata (NEC Europe Ltd.); Costin Raiciu (University Politehnica of Bucharest); Felipe Huici (NEC Europe Ltd.)

SOSP '17 Paper
12/07/2017 Yigong Hu

Monotasks: Architecting for Performance Clarity in Data Analytics Frameworks

Kay Ousterhout, Christopher Canel, Sylvia Ratnasamy, Scott Shenker

SOSP '17 Paper
11/30/2017 Chang Lou

Rx: Treating Bugs As Allergies— A Safe Method to Survive Software Failures

Feng Qin, Joseph Tucek, Jagadeesan Sundaresan and Yuanyuan Zhou

SOSP '05 Paper
11/16/2017 Yigong Hu

Multiprogramming a 64 kB Computer Safely and Efficiently

Amit Levy (Stanford University); Bradford Campbell (University of Virginia); Branden Ghena (University of California, Berkeley); Daniel B Giffin (Stanford University); Pat Pannuto, Prabal Dutta (University of California, Berkeley); Philip Levis (Stanford University)

SOSP '17 Paper
11/09/2017 Chang Lou

The Efficient Server Audit Problem, Deduplicated Re-execution, and the Web

Cheng Tan, Lingfan Yu (NYU); Joshua B. Leners (Two Sigma); Michael Walfish (NYU)

SOSP '17 Paper
10/19/2017 Yigong Hu

JouleGuard: Energy Guarantees for Approximate Applications

Henry Hoffmann

SOSP '15 Paper
10/12/2017 Chang Lou

WatchIT: Who Watches Your IT Guy?

Noam Shalev, Idit Keidar (Technion); Yaron Weinsberg (Microsoft); Yosef Moatti, Elad Ben-Yehuda (IBM Research)

SOSP '17 Paper
10/05/2017 Yigong Hu

Currentcy: A Unifying Abstraction for Expressing Energy Management Policies

Heng Zeng, Carla S. Ellis, Alvin R. Lebeck, and Amin Vahdat∗(Duke University)

ATC '03 Paper
09/28/2017 Chang Lou

Improving availability in distributed systems with failure informers

Joshua B. Leners and Trinabh Gupta (The University of Texas at Austin); Marcos K. Aguilera (Microsoft Research Silicon Valley); Michael Walfish (The University of Texas at Austin)

NSDI '13 Paper
09/21/2017 Yigong Hu

ECOSystem: Managing Energy as a First Class Operating System Resource

Heng Zeng, Carla S. Ellis, Alvin R. Lebeck, Amin Vahdat (Duke University)

ASPLOS '02 Paper
09/14/2017 Chang Lou

Fast and Concurrent RDF Queries with RDMA-based Distributed Graph Exploration

Jiaxin Shi, Youyang Yao, Rong Chen, Haibo Chen(Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Feifei Li (University of Utah)

OSDI '16 Paper
09/07/2017 Yigong Hu

Leases: an efficient fault-tolerant mechanism for distributed file cache consistency

Cary G. Gray and David R. Cheriton (Stanford University)

SOSP '89 Paper
08/31/2017 Chang Lou

Sub-millisecond Stateful Stream Querying over Fast-evolving Linked Data

Yunhao Zhang, Rong Chen, Haibo Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

SOSP '17 Paper