CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Spring 2023

Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM, 3485 MEB

Instructor: Eric Eide


Week Date Topic(s) Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 1/13 Eide organizational meeting
2 1/20 data-plane integrated control Eide Lucid: A Language for Control in the Data Plane. John Sonchack et al. In SIGCOMM ’21, Aug. 2021.
3 1/27 compiler fuzzing Watson Making No-Fuss Compiler Fuzzing Effective. Alex Groce et al. In CC ’22, Apr. 2022.
4 2/3 packet scheduling Maricq Packet Order Matters! Improving Application Performance by Deliberately Delaying Packets. Hamid Ghasemirahni et al. In NSDI ’22, Apr. 2022.
5 2/10 cluster scheduling Al Sheikh Omega: Flexible, Scalable Schedulers for Large Compute Clusters. Malte Schwarzkopf et al. In EuroSys ’13, Apr. 2013.
6 2/17 detecting crash-consistency bugs Wong Efficiently Detecting Concurrency Bugs in Persistent Memory Programs. Zhangyu Chen et al. In ASPLOS ’22, Feb.–Mar. 2022.
7 2/24 no meeting — student research posters
8 3/3 O-RAN Maas NeutRAN: An Open RAN Neutral Host Architecture for Zero-Touch RAN and Spectrum Sharing. Leonardo Bonati et al. arXiv:2301.07653, Jan. 2023.
9 3/10 no meeting — University spring break
10 3/17 WebAssembly security Karimov Everything Old is New Again: Binary Security of WebAssembly. Daniel Lehmann et al. In USENIX Security ’20, Aug. 2020.
11 3/24 scheduling for serverless platforms Abdollahi FaaSRank: Learning to Schedule Functions in Serverless Platforms. Hanfei Yu et al. In ACSOS 2021, Sep.–Oct. 2021.
12 3/31 automatic incident detection Allu Fighting the Fog of War: Automated Incident Detection for Cloud Systems. Liqun Li et al. In ATC ’21, Jul. 2021.
13 4/7 cellular control planes Awan Enabling Emerging Edge Applications Through a 5G Control Plane Intervention. Mukhtiar Ahmad et al. In CoNEXT ’22, Dec. 2022.
14 4/14 multi-operator spectrum sharing West Multi-Operator Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for Wireless Communications: A Consortium Blockchain Enabled Framework. Zuguang Li et al. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 9(1):3–15, Feb. 2023.
15 4/21 ML-assisted kernels Johnson Towards a Machine Learning-Assisted Kernel with LAKE. Henrique Fingler et al. In ASPLOS ’23, Mar. 2023.


The spring 2023 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 2023. 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 2022 no focus topic chosen; many wireless networking papers
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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