CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Fall 2016

Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM, 3485 MEB

Instructor: Eric Eide


Week Date Topic(s) Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 8/26 Eide no meeting — organizational email
2 9/2 memory forensics Eide Screen after Previous Screens: Spatial-Temporal Recreation of Android App Displays from Memory Images. Brendan Saltaformaggio et al. In USENIX Security ’16, Aug. 2016.
3 9/9 network traffic management Wong An Internet-Wide Analysis of Traffic Policing. Tobias Flach et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
4 9/16 mobile network management Syed Proteus: A Network Service Control Platform for Service Evolution in a Mobile Software Defined Infrastructure. Syed and Van der Merwe. In MobiCom ’16, Oct. 2016. To appear.
5 9/23 implementing data-plane algorithms Webb Packet Transactions: High-Level Programming for Line-Rate Switches. Anirudh Sivaraman et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
6 9/30 data-plane specialization Hancock Dataplane Specialization for High-performance OpenFlow Software Switching. László Molnár et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
7 10/7 compiler testing McConville Finding and Analyzing Compiler Warning Defects. Chengnian Sun et al. In ICSE ’16, May 2016.
8 10/14 no meeting — University fall break
9 10/21 research tools and replication Eide On the Techniques We Create, the Tools We Build, and Their Misalignments: A Study of KLEE. Eric F. Rizzi et al. In ICSE ’16, May 2016.
10 10/28 programmable software switches Ahmed PISCES: A Programmable, Protocol-Independent Software Switch. Muhammad Shahbaz et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
11 11/4 secure containers Johnson SCONE: Secure Linux Containers with Intel SGX. Sergei Arnautov et al. In OSDI ’16, Nov. 2016.
12 11/11 unikernels Zaheer Jitsu: Just-In-Time Summoning of Unikernels. Anil Madhavapeddy et al. In NSDI ’15, May 2015.
13 11/18 network management Quinn Taking the Blame Game out of Data Centers Operations with NetPoirot. Behnaz Arzani et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
14 11/25 no meeting — Thanksgiving break
15 12/2 high-availability networks Nguyen Evolve or Die: High-Availability Design Principles Drawn from Google's Network Infrastructure. Ramesh Govindan et al. In SIGCOMM ’16, Aug. 2016.
16 12/9 configuration management Duerig Asserting Reliable Convergence for Configuration Management Scripts. Oliver Hanappi et al. In OOPSLA ’16, Nov. 2016.


The fall 2016 offering of CS 7934 will cover a variety of systems topics, with an eye toward two goals.

The first is to increase participants' familiarity with recent and important results in the area of computer systems research. Attendees will read and discuss papers from recent and imminent top-tier systems conferences: e.g., SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, SIGCOMM, FAST, systems-related security conferences, and so on. Attendees will typically discuss one paper each week. Papers will be selected for their relevance to participants' research or upcoming Utah visitors. In contrast to some recent offerings of the seminar, there is no preset “focus topic” for fall 2016. One can anticipate, however, that the semester will include discussions about operating systems, distributed systems, cloud computing, datacenters, networking, and security.

The second is to be a venue for student presentations. Every student participating in the seminar will be required to lead at least one meeting during the semester. This may be a “formal” research presentation—ideally of a student's current work—or it may be an analysis of the research papers chosen for a seminar meeting.

CS 7934 is often called “the CSL seminar.” The name CSL is historic.

Mailing list

To get on the class mailing list, use Mailman to subscribe to csl-sem.


The course syllabus contains important information for students, including the course's policies on grading and cheating.


Students may enroll for one (1) credit. Although the University lists the course as “variable credit,” the two- and three-credit options are not currently available. Please contact the instructor if you would be interested in enrolling for more than one credit.

Those taking the course for credit must read all of the assigned papers, submit a short summary of each assigned paper prior to class (PDF, LaTeX), participate in each discussion, and facilitate at least one seminar meeting during the semester. Refer to the syllabus for further information.

Potential Papers

Upcoming and recent conference proceedings are good sources of papers for discussion. Below are links to some relevant conference series.

Past CSL Seminars

Semester Focus Topic(s)
Spring 2016 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2015 no focus topic chosen; many systems security papers
Spring 2015 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2014 no focus topic chosen; many OSDI ’14 papers
Spring 2014 no focus topic chosen; many systems security papers
Fall 2013 no focus topic chosen; many SOSP ’13 papers
Spring 2013 reversible and “time-traveling” debugging
Fall 2012 modern networking and network management; peer-review process
Spring 2012 systems approaches to dynamic problem detection and repair
Fall 2011 datacenter architectures and issues
Spring 2011 malicious software, i.e., malware
Fall 2010 systems approaches to security
Spring 2010 testbed-like infrastructures for cloud computing and scientific computing
Fall 2009 no focus topic chosen; many SOSP ’09 papers
Fall 2008 no focus topic chosen; many OSDI ’08 papers
Summer 2008 no focus topic chosen; informal biweekly meetings
Spring 2008 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2007 no focus topic chosen; many SOSP ’07 papers
Fall 2006 no focus topic chosen; many OSDI ’06 papers
Fall 2005 no focus topic chosen; many SOSP ’05 papers
Spring 2005 no focus topic chosen; many NSDI ’05 papers

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