COL:2013 Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, Wisconsin Madison

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 14:30


Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau Madison, Wisconsin


3/27, 2:30pm, CSE2311


And The Hard Drive Said: 'Tell Me What To Do, Not (Exactly) How To Do It!'


A disk drive has vast amounts of internal information and intelligence that enables it to deliver high performance. Unfortunately, much of that potential goes unrealized as layers above utilize crude interfaces to interact with the disk, thus greatly limiting in-disk optimizations. In this talk, we will explore the myriad reasons for this state of affairs, and explore some new possible ways in which file systems and higher levels applications might interact with drives to enable much more streamlined, high-performance interactions.


Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau is a full professor in the Computer Sciences department at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley under advisor David Patterson. Remzi co-leads a research group with his wife Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau; together with their students they have won numerous best paper awards and still hold the Datamation world record in external sorting. Their work has had both academic and practical impact; for example, their innovation known as ``transactional checksums now ships with millions of Linux systems (including all Android handhelds) worldwide. Remzi cares deeply about education, and has won the SACM Student Choice Professor of the Year award four times and the Carolyn Rosner ``Excellent Educator award once for his efforts in teaching operating systems to both undergraduate and graduate students. Remzi is an active participant in the systems community, having served on numerous program committees, as well as co-chair of the USENIX ATC in 2004, the USENIX FAST in 2007, and OSDI in 2010. He has also been a NetApp faculty fellow, an IBM faculty award winner, an NSF CAREER award winner, and has consulted for numerous storage companies including NetApp and Fusion-IO. Remzi also currently serves on the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) Advisory Board and the University of Wisconsin's Office of Industrial Partnership (OIP) Advisory Board.

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