CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Fall 2022

Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM, 3485 MEB

Instructor: Eric Eide


Week Date Topic(s) Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 8/26 Eide organizational meeting
2 9/2 JIT script parallelization Eide Practically Correct, Just-in-Time Shell Script Parallelization. Konstantinos Kallas et al. In OSDI ’22, Jul. 2022.
3 9/9 secure isolation for cloud applications Johnson CAP-VMs: Capability-Based Isolation and Sharing in the Cloud. Vasily A. Sartakov et al. In OSDI ’22, Jul. 2022.
4 9/16 configuration management Ricci NixOS: A Purely Functional Linux Distribution. Eelco Dolstra and Andres Löh. In ICFP ’08, Sep. 2008.
5 9/23 software-defined address mapping Wong Software-Defined Address Mapping: A Case on 3D Memory. Jialiang Zhang et al. In ASPLOS ’22, Feb.–Mar. 2022.
6 9/30 WebAssembly fuzzing Watson Stack-Driven Program Generation of WebAssembly. Árpád Perényi and Jan Midtgaard. In APLAS ’20, Nov.–Dec. 2020.
7 10/7 wireless access networks Webb Building Flexible, Low-Cost Wireless Access Networks with Magma. Shaddi Hasan et al. arXiv:2209.10001, Sep. 2022.
8 10/14 no meeting — University fall break
9 10/21 build systems Pronovost Riker: Always-Correct and Fast Incremental Builds from Simple Specifications. Charlie Curtsinger and Daniel W. Barowy. In ATC ’22, Jul. 2022.
10 10/28 formal verification of protocols Wiersdorf Discovering Emergency Call Pitfalls for Cellular Networks with Formal Methods. Kaiyu Hou et al. In MobiSys ’21, Jun.–Jul. 2021.
11 11/4 IoT programming Eide Creating a Language for Writing Real-Time Applications for the Internet of Things. Robert Krook et al. In MEMOCODE ’22, Oct. 2022.
12 11/11 LTE security Wu Hiding in Plain Signal: Physical Signal Overshadowing Attack on LTE. Hojoon Yang et al. In USENIX Security ’19, Aug. 2019.
13 11/18 distributed fuzzing Remes UltraFuzz: Towards Resource-Saving in Distributed Fuzzing. Xu Zhou et al. arXiv:2009.06124, Nov. 2022.
14 11/25 no meeting — Thanksgiving break
15 12/2 RAN virtualization Zhu Nuberu: Reliable RAN Virtualization in Shared Platforms. Gines Garcia-Aviles et al. In MobiCom ’21, Oct. 2021.
16 12/9 Wi-Fi localization Eide Non-Cooperative Wi-Fi Localization & its Privacy Implications. Ali Abedi and Deepak Vasisht. In MobiCom ’22, Oct. 2022.


The fall 2022 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. There is no preset “focus topic” for fall 2022. 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

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


Students may enroll for one (1) 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 2022 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2021 no focus topic chosen
Spring 2021 no focus topic chosen; many OS design papers
Fall 2020 no focus topic chosen
Spring 2020 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2019 no focus topic chosen
Spring 2019 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2018 no focus topic chosen
Spring 2018 no focus topic chosen; many SOSP ’17 papers
Fall 2017 no focus topic chosen
Spring 2017 no focus topic chosen
Fall 2016 no focus topic chosen; many SIGCOMM ’16 papers
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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