Seminar overview

In this seminar we will be discussing the state-of-the-art of systems research. This is a great way to learn technical matters but also how to do systems research!

This semester we are going to mostly focus on papers from OSDI'20, EuroSys'21, Usenix Security'21, and ASPLOS'20 where some of the best systems, systems security, and architecture work is published so there is always a lot to learn from these papers.

We meet once a week for one hour over Zoom and have an informal discussion about the papers – this is not a course and you will not get credits for it but you will probably learn a lot.

Make sure you subscribe to the seminar mailing list to ensure that you get notifications about paper discussions.


Guidelines for everyone

To participate in the seminar there are a couple of expectations for every participant that help ensure we have lively and informative discussions:

Please send me an email if you are interested in participating or have questions about the seminar.

Guidelines for discussion leads

As a discussion lead your primary goal is to foster and manage the paper discussion. This requires understanding well the material, preparing some slides, managing time, and managing the discussion during the seminar. Please try to follow the following guidelines when leading the discussion:


Tentative Schedule

Date Paper Lead
9/20 SanRazor: Reducing Redundant Sanitizer Checks in C/C++ Programs. OSDI'21. Sishuai
9/27 Iago attacks: Why the system call API is a bad untrusted RPC interface. ASPLOS'12. Adil
10/4 An Analysis of Speculative Type Confusion Vulnerabilities in the Wild. Usenix Security'21. Botong
10/11 [October break] NA
10/18 HEALER: Relation Learning Guided Kernel Fuzzing. SOSP'21. Congyu
10/25 Program Synthesis for Program Analysis. TPLS'18. Paul
11/1 CLP: Efficient and Scalable Search on Compressed Text Logs. OSDI'21. Sruthi
11/8 Optimizing Nested Virtualization Performance Using Direct Virtual Hardware. ASPLOS'20. Bilal
11/15 The Demikernel Datapath OS Architecture for Microsecond-scale Datacenter Systems Dinglan
11/22 Persistent State Machines for Recoverable In-memory Storage Systems with NVRam. OSDI'20. Rishav
11/29 Simple and Precise Static Analysis of Untrusted Linux Kernel Extensions. PLDI'19. Guannan
12/6 CROSSTALK: Speculative Data Leaks Across Cores Are Real. Oakland'21. Tapti