Measure, then build

Abstract: This talk will discuss an approach to systems research
based upon an iterative, empirically-driven approach, loosely
known as "measure, then build." By first carefully analyzing the
state of the art, one can learn what the real problems in today's
systems are; by then designing and implementing new systems to
solve said problems, one can ensure that one's work is both
relevant and important. The talk will draw on examples in
research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over nearly
two decades, including research into Linux file systems,
enterprise storage, and (more recently) on modern key-value
storage systems such as LevelDB, MongoDB, and other systems.

Biography: Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau is the Grace Wahba professor and
Associate Chair of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison. He co-leads a
research group with Professor Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau.  Together,
they have graduated 24 Ph.D. students and won numerous best-paper
awards; many of their innovations are used by commercial
systems. For their work, Andrea and Remzi received the 2018
ACM-SIGOPS Weiser award for "outstanding leadership, innovation,
and impact in storage and computer systems research."

Remzi has won the SACM Professor-of-the-Year award six times, the Rosner
"Excellent Educator" award, and the Chancellor's Distinguished
Teaching Award. Andrea and Remzi's operating systems
book ( is downloaded millions of times yearly and
used at numerous institutions worldwide.


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