601.817: Selected Topics in Systems Research

Summer 2022

Fridays 1:30-2:30pm, 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.


05/20/2022 Yigong Hu

Understanding and Detecting Software Upgrade Failures in Distributed Systems

Yongle Zhang (Purdue University), Junwen Yang (University of Chicago), Zhuqi Jin (University of Toronto), Utsav Sethi (University of Chicago), Kirk Rodrigues (University of Toronto), Shan Lu (University of Chicago), Ding Yuan (University of Toronto)

SOSP '21 Paper
06/03/2022 Senapati S. Diwangkara

Debugging Transient Faults in Data Centers using Synchronized Network-wide Packet Histories

Pravein Govindan Kannan, IBM Research - India; Nishant Budhdev, Raj Joshi, and Mun Choon Chan, National University of Singapore

NSDI '21 Paper
06/17/2022 Haoze Wu

Toward a Generic Fault Tolerance Technique for Partial Network Partitioning

Mohammed Alfatafta, Basil Alkhatib, Ahmed Alquraan, and Samer Al-Kiswany, University of Waterloo, Canada

OSDI '20 Paper
06/24/2022 Chang Lou

RESIN: A Holistic Service for Dealing with Memory Leaks in Production Cloud Infrastructure

Chang Lou, Johns Hopkins University; Cong Chen, Microsoft Azure; Peng Huang, Johns Hopkins University; Yingnong Dang, Microsoft Azure; Si Qin, Microsoft Research; Xinsheng Yang, Meta; Xukun Li, Microsoft Azure; Qingwei Lin, Microsoft Research; Murali Chintalapati, Microsoft Azure

(Practice Talk)

OSDI '22 Paper
07/01/2022 Chang Lou

Demystifying and Checking Silent Semantic Violations in Large Distributed Systems

Chang Lou, Yuzhuo Jing, and Peng Huang, Johns Hopkins University

(Practice Talk)

OSDI '22 Paper
07/05/2022 Yuzhuo Jing

Operating System Support for Safe and Efficient Auxiliary Execution

Yuzhuo Jing and Peng Huang, Johns Hopkins University

(Practice Talk)

OSDI '22 Paper
07/22/2022 Tony Pan

Automatic Reliability Testing For Cluster Management Controllers

Xudong Sun, Wenqing Luo, and Jiawei Tyler Gu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Aishwarya Ganesan, Ramnatthan Alagappan, Michael Gasch, and Lalith Suresh, VMware; Tianyin Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

OSDI '22 Paper
08/02/2022 Yuzhuo Jing

Application-Informed Kernel Synchronization Primitives

Sujin Park, Georgia Tech; Diyu Zhou and Yuchen Qian, EPFL; Irina Calciu, Graft; Taesoo Kim, Georgia Tech; Sanidhya Kashyap, EPFL

OSDI '22 Paper
08/12/2022 Chang Lou

Metastable Failures in the Wild

Lexiang Huang, The Pennsylvania State University; Twitter; Matthew Magnusson and Abishek Bangalore Muralikrishna, University of New Hampshire; Salman Estyak, The Pennsylvania State University; Rebecca Isaacs, Twitter; Abutalib Aghayev and Timothy Zhu, The Pennsylvania State University; Aleksey Charapko, University of New Hampshire

OSDI '22 Paper