CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Spring 2021

Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM, Interactive Video Conference (IVC)

Instructor: Eric Eide


Week Date Topic(s) Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 1/22 Eide organizational meeting
2 1/29 OS design Eide Fine-Grained Isolation for Scalable, Dynamic, Multi-tenant Edge Clouds. Yuxin Ren et al. In ATC ’20, Jul. 2020.
3 2/5 performance testing Darragh PerfFuzz: Automatically Generating Pathological Inputs. Caroline Lemieux et al. In ISSTA ’18, Jul. 2018.
4 2/12 OS design Hatch Theseus: An Experiment in Operating System Structure and State Management. Kevin Boos et al. In OSDI ’20, Nov. 2020.
5 2/19 learning-augmented systems Duplyakin AutoSys: The Design and Operation of Learning-Augmented Systems. Chieh-Jan Mike Liang et al. In ATC ’20, Jul. 2020.
6 2/26 OS design Ricci Do OS Abstractions Make Sense on FPGAs? Dario Korolija et al. In OSDI ’20, Nov. 2020.
7 3/5 no meeting — University non-instructional day
8 3/12 no meeting — reading day
9 3/19 non-volatile memory Osterhout Persistent Memory and the Rise of Universal Constructions. Andreia Correia et al. In EuroSys ’20, Apr. 2020.
10 3/26 multicore scheduling Jacobson Provable Multicore Schedulers with Ipanema: Application to Work Conservation. Baptiste Lepers et al. In EuroSys ’20, Apr. 2020.
11 4/2 fuzz testing Watson Growing a Test Corpus with Bonsai Fuzzing. Vasudev Vikram et al. In ICSE ’21, May 2021. To appear.
12 4/9 mobile security Webb Re-identification of Mobile Devices Using Real-Time Bidding Advertising Networks. Keen Sung et al. In MobiCom ’20, Sep. 2020.
13 4/16 automatic parallelization Johnson PaSh: Light-touch Data-Parallel Shell Processing. Nikos Vasilakis et al. In EuroSys ’21, Apr. 2021.
14 4/23 OS design Bhardwaj NrOS: Effective Replication and Sharing in an Operating System. Ankit Bhardwaj et al. In OSDI ’21, Jul. 2021.


The spring 2021 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 spring 2021. 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 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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