Papers We Love Conference: Mini Edition

November 18, 2020 - 17:45 EST on Twitch

Like many non-profit organizations (ourselves included) USENIX has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conferences made up a large part of their revenue streams, and their cancellation has deprived USENIX of operating funds. As a major source of research papers in Computer Science and Networking we'd like to help anyway we can. So we're going to try something new to help raise donations for USENIX: a streaming mini-conference.


We'll stream live on Twitch, aftwerwards we'll post the video to our YouTube channel once we've done some editing.

This is a fund raiser so we're asking everyone who attends to make a donation to USENIX. Almost every local chapter of Papers We Love has presented a paper from USENIX over the years, so this is our chance to give back.

Keep an eye on this page and our Twitter feed for updates to the schedule and speaker list.


Jeff Dean

Abstract: In this talk, I'll highlight some of the developments in cloud computing systems over the past two decades. I'll also describe why machine learning systems have dramatically changed some of the kinds of computer systems we want to build.

Bio: Jeff Dean joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Senior Fellow and leads Google Research and Google Health, which focus on basic computer science and AI research and their use in important problem domains. He has worked on various computer systems including Google's search and advertising systems, MapReduce, BigTable, Spanner, and open-source software such as TensorFlow, protocol buffers, and LevelDB.

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Computer Science & Economics from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2012 ACM Prize in Computing, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the ACM

Links: Site / Publications

Irene Y. Zhang

Abstract: This talk presents the Demikernel [Paper], a new OS architecture for kernel-bypass I/O devices. Demikernel hides device complexity and heterogeneity by defining a new high-level, kernel-bypass I/O API and implementing it using different user-level, library OSes for each device type I will discuss the challenges in designing kernel-bypass library OSes and the future research directions in kernel-bypass for datacenter applications.

Bio: My research focuses on datacenter operating systems and distributed systems.

I completed my PhD in 2017 at the University of Washington, where I was advised by Hank Levy and Arvind Krishnamurthy. My thesis is on distributed systems for applications that span mobile devices and cloud servers. Before my PhD, I received my S.B. and M.Eng. from MIT and worked for 3 years in the virtual machine monitor group at VMware.

I was born in Beijing, China but spent most of my time growing up in Columbus, Indiana. My husband and I like to cook, travel and occasionally do computer science together.

Links: Site / Publications

Adrian Colyer - Panel Moderator

Bio: Adrian Colyer is the author of the computer science blog The Morning Paper, and a venture partner with Accel where he helps find and build great technology companies out of Europe and Israel. Prior to Accel he held technical roles at a number of companies including SpringSource, VMware, and Pivotal.

Links: Site

Ada Gavrilovska - Panelist

Bio: Ada Gavrilovska is an associate professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. She directs the Kernel research group, focused on performance, scalability and efficiency problems across the systems software stack, including operating, distributed, and high-performance computing systems. Gavrilovska's research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, industry support from Cisco, Facebook, HPE, Intel, Intercontinental Exchange, LexisNexis, Samsung, VMware, and others, and the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Research Center, a JUMP Center co-sponsored by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and DARPA. She served as the program co-chair of the USENIX Annual Technical Conference in 2020.

Links: Site / Publications

Joe Hellerstein - Panelist

Bio: Joseph M. Hellerstein is the Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, whose work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. He is an ACM Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and the recipient of three ACM-SIGMOD "Test of Time" awards for his research. Fortune Magazine has included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology, and MIT's Technology Review magazine included his work on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies "most likely to change our world".

Hellerstein is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Trifacta, a software vendor providing intelligent interactive solutions to the messy problem of wrangling data. He has served on the technical advisory boards of a number of computing and Internet companies including Dell EMC, SurveyMonkey, Captricity, and Datometry, and previously served as the Director of Intel Research, Berkeley.

Links: Site / Publications

Dan R. K. Ports - Panelist

I am a researcher in the Systems Research Group at Microsoft Research.

My research focuses on distributed systems – using a combination of new algorithms and systems techniques to build practical systems that are faster, more reliable, easier to program, and more secure.

I take a broad view of the systems field: besides distributed systems, I've worked in operating systems, networking, databases, architecture, and security. I believe that looking across the entire systems stack yields interesting opportunities at the intersection of these areas.

Most of my work these days involves rethinking how distributed systems should be built for the datacenter environment. I lead the Prometheus project at MSR, which asks how we can use new reconfigurable devices, such as programmable dataplane switches and smart NICs, to support advanced systems applications. The key idea is to co-design distributed systems with new network primitives.

Before joining MSR, I was on the faculty in CSE at the University of Washington. I still advise a few excellent students over there. An increasingly long time ago (i.e., 2012), I was a student at MIT, where I was (approximately) Barbara Liskov's last Ph.D. graduate. Even before that, I was an undergraduate at MIT.

Links: Site / Publications

Justine Sherry - Panelist

Bio: Justine Sherry is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests are in computer networking; her work includes middleboxes, networked systems, measurement, cloud computing, and congestion control. Dr. Sherry received her PhD (2016) and MS (2012) from UC Berkeley, and her BS and BA (2010) from the University of Washington. She is a recipient of the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award, the David J. Sakrison prize, paper awards at USENIX NSDI and ACM SIGCOMM, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Most importantly, she is always on the lookout for a great cappuccino.

Links: Site / Publications

Hakim Weatherspoon - Panelist

Bio: I received my PhD in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley, in the area of secure and fault-tolerant distributed wide-area storage systems (e.g. Antiquity, OceanStore, etc.). I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington in 1999.

Links: Site / Publications