Research

Provenance

We investigate techniques and applications that make data more valuable, from capturing data provenance (a formal history of how data came to be in its present form) to deriving provenance to developing applications that use data provenance. We build tools to facilitate scientific reproducibility and we investigate ways to build systems that are more accountable to the people who develop and use them.

Networked and distributed systems

We investigate new design principles in datacenter system design and operation.

  • Decibel: a system for storage sharing in disaggregation (NSDI 2017)
  • Jumpgate: In-Network Processing as a Service for Data Analytics (HotCloud 2019)
  • Disaggregated datacenters: fate sharing considerations and programmable fault tolerance (HotNets 2017)
  • NetSolver: virtual data center and NFV chain allocation (IJCAI 2017)
  • New data structures and algortihms to characterize storage workloads (OSDI 2014)

Security

We develop systems to protect users' data and activities using a variety of approaches.

  • Shuffler: Fast and Deployable Continuous Code Re-Randomization. (OSDI 2016)
  • Theory and techniques for quantifying information flow (EuroS&P 2016)
  • Micasa: Preserving user data functionality after service end-of-life in hosted applications (SoCC 2013)

Privacy

We use modern privacy-preserving methods to provide new guarantees to current system design paradigms.

Software engineering for systems

We research processes, techniques, and tools to help engineer complex systems.