601.817: Selected Topics in Systems Research

Spring 2018

Fridays 1:30-3:00pm, Malone 338

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.


03/31/2018 Yigong Hu

Just Say NO to Paxos Overhead: Replacing Consensus with Network Ordering

Jialin Li Ellis Michael Naveen Kr. Sharma Adriana Szekeres Dan R. K. Ports University of Washington

OSDI '16 Paper
03/12/2018 Chang Lou

CrystalNet: Faithfully Emulating Large Production Networks

Hongqiang Harry Liu, Yibo Zhu (Microsoft Research); Jitu Padhye, Jiaxin Cao, Sri Tallapragada (Microsoft); Nuno P. Lopes, Andrey Rybalchenko (Microsoft Research); Guohan Lu, Lihua Yuan (Microsoft)

SOSP'17 Paper
02/23/2018 Yigong Hu

DREBIN: Effective and Explainable Detection of Android Malware in Your Pocket

Daniel Arp, Michael Spreitzenbarth, Malte Hubner, Hugo Gascon, Konrad Rieck

NDSS '14 Paper
02/01/2018 Chang Lou

Pensieve: Non-Intrusive Failure Reproduction for Distributed Systems using the Event Chaining Approach

Yongle Zhang, Serguei Makarov, Xiang Ren, David Lion, Ding Yuan (University of Toronto)

SOSP '17 Paper
01/25/2018 Yigong Hu

Secure Page Fusion with VUsion

Marco Oliverio, Kaveh Razavi, Herbert Bos, Cristiano Giuffrida (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

SOSP '17 Paper
01/11/2018 Chang Lou

KV-Direct: High-Performance In-Memory Key-Value Store with Programmable NIC

Bojie Li (USTC and Microsoft Research); Zhenyuan Ruan (UCLA and Microsoft Research); Wencong Xiao (Beihang University and Microsoft Research); Yuanwei Lu (USTC and Microsoft Research); Yongqiang Xiong (Microsoft Research); Andrew Putnam (Microsoft); Enhong Chen (USTC); Lintao Zhang (Microsoft Research)

SOSP '17 Paper