CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Spring 2018

Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM, 3485 MEB

Instructor: Eric Eide


Week Date Topic(s) Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 1/12 Eide no meeting — organizational email
2 1/19 a verified OS kernel Eide Hyperkernel: Push-Button Verification of an OS Kernel. Luke Nelson et al. In SOSP ’17, Oct. 2017.
3 1/26 dynamic multiprogramming Li Multiprogramming a 64kB Computer Safely and Efficiently. Amit Levy et al. In SOSP ’17, Oct. 2017.
4 2/2 page fusion Hibler Secure Page Fusion with VUsion. Marco Oliverio et al. In SOSP ’17, Oct. 2017.
5 2/9 fault tolerance Wong NVthreads: Practical Persistence for Multi-threaded Applications. Terry Ching-Hsiang Hsu et al. In EuroSys ’17, Apr. 2017.
6 2/16 performance measurement Duplyakin The Value of Variance. Jesun Sahariar Firoz et al. In ICPE ’16, Mar. 2016.
7 2/23 no meeting — student research posters
8 3/2 network performance monitoring Ricci Language-Directed Hardware Design for Network Performance Monitoring. Srinivas Narayana et al. In SIGCOMM ’17, Aug. 2017.
9 3/9 nested virtualization Johnson NEVE: Nested Virtualization Extensions for ARM. Jin Tack Lim et al. In SOSP ’17, Oct. 2017.
10 3/16 spearphishing Tripathi At 2:15 PM:
Detecting Credential Spearphishing in Enterprise Settings. Grant Ho et al. In USENIX Security ’17, Aug. 2017.
11 3/23 no meeting — University spring break
12 3/30 specification verification Hatch Who Guards the Guards? Formal Validation of the ARM v8-M Architecture Specification. Alastair Reid. In Proc. ACM on Programming Languages, 1(OOPSLA):88:1–88:24, Oct. 2017.
13 4/6 binary rewriting Cherkaev Superset Disassembly: Statically Rewriting x86 Binaries Without Heuristics. Erick Bauman et al. In NDSS ’18, Feb. 2018.
14 4/13 program analysis Salvia Optimistic Hybrid Analysis: Accelerating Dynamic Analysis through Predicated Static Analysis. David Devecsery et al. In ASPLOS ’18, Mar. 2018.
15 4/20 containers Duerig Iron: Isolating Network-based CPU in Container Environments. Junaid Khalid et al. In NSDI ’18, Apr. 2018.
16 4/25 fun and profit Eide Wednesday 4/25 at 12:00 PM:
COBOLd: Gobblin’ Up COBOL Bugs for Fun and Profit. squaresLab et al. In SIGBOVIK ’18, Apr. 2018.


The spring 2018 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 spring 2018. 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)
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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