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Recent News

Group Research Awards

[Current] In the SOSP/OSDI Hall of Fame, Andrea and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau are tied for 4th place for the most papers published in SOSP and OSDI (17 papers), with 6 of those paper appearing since 2014.


[2018] Andrea and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau won the SigOPS Mark Weiser Award "for outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact in storage and computer systems research".



[2016] Vijay Chidambaram won the SIGOPS Dennis Ritchie Dissertation award for best dissertation in systems for Orderless and Eventually Durable File Systems.



[2009] Haryadi Gunawi won the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences Best Thesis Award and an ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention for Towards Reliable Storage Systems.


[2005] Muthian Sivathanu won the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences Best Thesis Award for Semantically-smart Disk Systems.

Best Paper Awards

  1. [FAST'20] Strong and Efficient Consistency with Consistency-Aware Durability
    Aishwarya Ganesan, Ramnatthan Alagappan, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    the 18th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '20)
    Santa Clara, CA, Feb 2020.
  2. [FAST'18]: Protocol-Aware Recovery for Consensus-Based Storage
    Ramnatthan Alagappan, Aishwarya Ganesan, Eric Lee, Aws Albarghouthi, Vijay Chidambaram, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 16th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies
    FAST '18 Oakland, CA, 2018.
  3. [FAST'17] Application Crash Consistency and Performance with CCFS
    Thanumalayan Sankaranarayana Pillai, Ramnatthan Alagappan, Lanyue Lu, Vijay Chidambaram, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 15th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies
    FAST '17, Santa Clara, CA, 2017.
  4. [EuroSys'14] Snapshots in a Flash with ioSnap
    Sriram Subramanian, Swaminathan Sundararaman, Nisha Talagala, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of 2014 EuroSys Conference (EuroSys '14), Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2014.
  5. [FAST'13] A Study of Linux File System Evolution
    Lanyue Lu, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, Shan Lu
    Proceedings of the 11th Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '13), San Jose, CA, Feb 2013.
  6. [SOSP'11] A File is Not a File: Understanding the I/O Behavior of Apple Desktop Applications
    Tyler Harter, Chris Dragga, Michael Vaughn, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '11)
    Cascais, Portugal, October 2011.
  7. [FAST'11] Emulating Goliath Storage Systems with David
    Nitin Agrawal, Leo Arulraj, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 9th Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '11), San Jose, CA, February 2011.
  8. [FAST'10] Membrane: Operating System Support for Restartable File Systems
    Swaminathan Sundararaman, Sriram Subramanian, Abhishek Rajimwale, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, Michael M. Swift
    Proceedings of the 8th Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '10), San Jose, CA, February 2010.
  9. [USENIX ATC'09] Tolerating File-System Mistakes with EnvyFS
    Lakshmi N. Bairavasundaram, Swaminathan Sundararaman, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the Usenix Annual Technical Conference (USENIX '09), San Diego, CA, June 2009.
  10. [FAST'09] Generating Realistic Impressions for File-System Benchmarking
    Nitin Agrawal, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 7th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '09), San Francisco, CA, February 2009.
  11. [FAST'08] An Analysis of Data Corruption in the Storage Stack
    Lakshmi N. Bairavasundaram, Garth R. Goodson, Bianca Schroeder, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '08), San Jose, CA, February 2008.
  12. [FAST'04] Improving Storage System Availability with D-GRAID
    Muthian Sivathanu, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Andrea C.Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Symposium on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '04), San Francisco, California, March 2004

Real-World Impact

While our focus has been on driving research forward, our work has had numerous impacts upon the real world, in the form of both commercial and open-source systems.
  • Our techniques developed as part of the semantically-smart disks work led to a patent and have been utilized in block-level storage systems from Hitachi, IBM, Intel, and others, according to various patent filings. Intel also licenses this patent currently.
  • IRON File Systems demonstrated deep flaws in error handling in Linux file systems; many of those flaws have since been fixed as a result.
  • Our IRON work further introduced the novel concept of the transactional checksum. This approach removes the need for an extra disk flushing operation in the journaling protocol, and thus improves performances (under some workloads) substantially. As a result, the transactional checksum is now part of the Linux ext4 file system and thus in use upon millions of machines worldwide.
  • ILFS introduces an approach in which the file system serves as a volume manager, later adopted in commercially important systems such as ZFS.
  • BAD-FS introduced the idea of giving the workflow scheduler control over replication in distributed storage. This idea has since gained great utility in real-world usage via systems such as that found at Alluxio (formerly Tachyon).
  • Our series of papers on finding bugs in existing storage systems led to direct fixes and updates of existing Linux file systems, including widely used ones such as ext4 and XFS.
  • Our work on deconstructing the EMC Centera led to many performance enhancements and bug fixes in the shipping product.
  • Our corruption analysis in the parity lost work led at least two major storage vendors (including NetApp) to change their fault-handling mechanisms, removing the chance of (silent) data loss in certain scenarios.
  • Our recovery techniques within Membrane have been patented, and are currently licensed by Intel.
  • Coerced cache eviction is used in industry, notably by Apple when dealing with possibly misbehaving Firewire drives.
  • ioSnap and Anvil were directly incorporated into FusionIO's product line and widely used in high-performance enterprise settings.
  • The Fast File System checker has been incorporated into the FreeBSD file system checker (by Kirk McKusick) and now ships worldwide as part of the standard FreeBSD distribution.
  • Our ALICE work on crash-consistency testing has been adopted by others (including an open-source version), leading to many problems being found and fixed in widely used commercial and open-source databases and key-value stores, including Google's LevelDB and Oracle's library database.
  • Underlying ideas in WiscKey's log-structured merge tree are in use at Pure Storage, being studied for adoption by Toshiba, and form the basis of a popular open-source version written in Go.
  • Slacker containerization is now part of the Tintri product line.
  • The OpenLambda serverless computing project is one of a few open-source lambda-based systems available today, and is being investigated for adoption by numerous companies.
  • Our robust distributed storage analysis has led to numerous fixes and updates in popular distributed storage systems.