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The systems and networking group at UCSD engages in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research. Our current projects span fault-tolerant networks and systems, high-speed router design, storage system design, network measurement and traffic analysis, peer-to-peer system design, network security, mobile code architectures, high-performance cluster computing, and wireless networking. Our group consists of eight core faculty, five affiliated faculty (in a broad range of areas including security, machine learning and programming languages) and over 50 graduate students and research staff.

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Faculty
Walter Burkhard (emeritus)
Keith Marzullo
Joseph Pasquale
George Porter
Stefan Savage
Alex C. Snoeren
Geoffrey M. Voelker
Yuanyuan Zhou
Scientists and Postdocs
Karl Koscher
Kirill Levchenko
Ken Yocum
 
Affiliated Faculty
kc claffy (CAIDA)
Ranjit Jhala
Sorin Lerner
George Papen (ECE)
Lawrence Saul
Hovav Shacham
Deian Stefan
Steve Swanson
Tajana Šimunić Rosing
Research Staff
Brian Kantor
Cindy Moore
 
PhD Students
Karyn Benson
Sunjay Cauligi
Neha Chachra
Rishan Chen
Joe DeBlasio
Andres Celis
Louis DeKoven
Brown Farinholt
Alex Forencich
Alex Gamero Garrido
Steven Hill
Danny Huang
Peng Huang
Xinxin Jin
Long Jin
Brian Johannesmeyer
Guo "Vector" Li
Wilson Lian
Yang Liu
Rob McGuinness
Rossana Motta
Arjun Roy
Dongcai Shen
Edward Sullivan
ZhuoEr Wang
Tianyin Xu
Liqiong Yang
Zhaomo Yang
Jing Zheng
MS Students
Rahul Bhalerao
Benjamin Braun
Stephan Chenette
Mrinmayee Hingolikar
Grant Jordan
Jacob Maskiewicz
Vishal Parekh
BS Students
Tiaffany Allen
Kenyue Bao
Yimeng Gu
Aaron Hurtado
Andrew Jabassa
Laifeng Royston Lai
Angela Lin
Kelsey Ma
Alex Tsang
Administrative Staff
Jennifer Folkestad
 
Recent Alumni
Neha Chachra (Ph.D. 2015)Facebook
Mike Conley (Ph.D. 2015)Google
Matthew Der (Ph.D. 2015)notch.io
Tristan Halvorson(Ph.D. 2015)Google
Rishi Kapoor (Ph.D. 2015)Google
He Liu (Lonnie) (Ph.D. 2015)Google
Keaton Mowery (Ph.D. 2015)Apple
Malveeka Tewari (Ph.D. 2015)Google
Bhanu Vattikonda (Ph.D. 2015)Apple

Congming Chen (Postdoc 2013–2014)UIUC
Do-kyum Kim (Ph.D. 2014)Google
Feng Lu (Ph.D. 2014)Google
Sarah Meiklejohn (Ph.D. 2014)UCL
Sivasankar Radhakrishnan (Ph.D. 2014)Forward Networks
David Wang (Ph.D. 2014)Google
Jiaqi Zhang (Ph.D. 2014)Whova
Qing Zhang (Ph.D. 2014)Google

Alexandros Kapravelos (UCSB Visiting Ph.D. 2014) NC State

Gautam Akiwate (M.S. 2015) PureStorage
Ian Foster (M.S. 2015) Salesforce
Mohit Kothari (M.S. 2015) Groupon
Sen Zhang (M.S. 2015) Google

Chris Gardner (M.S. 2014) Arris
Gen Liu (M.S. 2014) Google
Devin Lundberg (M.S. 2014) Pinterest

Kathy Krane (CNS MSO 2008-2015) South County Center for Change

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Recent News

Neha Chachra December 7— Congratulations to Neha Chachra, who successfully defended her dissertation today on "Understanding URL Abuse for Profit." Neha caps a long, creative career contributing to the department in many roles, from the "Learn from Peers" graduate student program to heading the graduate student association's procurement committee. In true style, she gets bonus points for her gift to her advisors on the day of her defense. Neha joins Facebook in February to make online social networks a more secure place. Bobbles

October 6— Last night Yuanyuan Zhou ("YY") was named the 2015 winner of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, named for the legindary leader of Xerox PARC CSL. It is the highest award given by the operating systems community and is selected for "Contributions that are highly creative, innovative, and possibly high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser". There is no doubt that YY's work is all of these things and we are honored to have her as our friend and colleague. You can read more here.

September 14Matt Der successfully defended his thesis today on "Investigating Large-Scale Internet Abuse Through Web Page Classification." Matt heads back to his old stomping grounds in Virginia to join his brother's startup company, notch.io. Congratulations Matt! Matt Der

August 11— It is a Corvette Summer for Ian Foster and Karl Koscher! Today at WOOT 2015 Ian presented his paper, "Fast and Vulnerable: A Story of Telematic Failures", detailing the security vulnerabilities of car insurance dongles, co-authored with Andrew Prudhomme, Karl, and Stefan. WIRED also covered their work in an article today, "Hackers Cut a Corvette's Brakes Via a Common Car Gadget", picturing Karl and Ian. Special thanks to Sid Karin for the use of his Corvette!

July 30— Congratulations to Tristan Halvorson, who successfully defended his thesis today on "Registration Intent in the Domain Name Market." Tristan also boards the Google train, but he's taking the northern express to the Seattle office! Tristan Halvorson

June 5— Today the winners of the inaugural CSE Graduate and Undergraduate awards were announced, and we are thrilled that four students in the Sysnet group were recognized with awards: Neha Chachra was awarded the Graduate Award for Service and the Viceroy of Social Hour, Gautam Akiwate was awarded the Graduate Award for Teaching, Jake Maskiewicz was awarded the Undergraduate Award for Teaching, and Louis Dekoven was a runner up for the Viceroy of Social Hour. Congratulations everyone on all of your award-winning efforts!

June 2Keaton Mowery successfully defended his thesis today titled "Beneath the Attack Surface." He'll be heading up north to join Apple, and we wish him the best of luck. Congratulations Keaton! Keaton Mowery
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Recent Publications

Automobile Driver Fingerprinting, Miro Enev, Alex Takakuwa, Karl Koscher, and Tadayoshi Kohno, Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, Darmstadt, Germany, July 2016.

Is memory disaggregation feasible? A case study with Spark SQL, Pramod Subba Rao and George Porter, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS), Santa Clara, CA, March 2016.

Stressing Out: Bitcoin "Stress Testing", Khaled Baqer, Danny Yuxing Huang, Nicholas Weaver, and Damon McCoy, BITCOIN '14: The Third Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research, Christ Church, Barbados, February 2016.

Exploring Controller Area Networks, Ian Foster and Karl Koscher, USENIX ;login: 40(6), December 2015.

Integrated Space-division Multiplexer for Data Center Networks, Andrew Grieco, George Porter, and Yeshaiahu Fainman, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics PP(99):1-1, October 2015.

Sorting 100TB on Google Compute Engine, Michael Conley, Amin Vahdat, and George Porter, UC San Diego technical report CS2015-2013, September 2015.

Scheduling Techniques for Hybrid Circuit/Packet Networks, He Liu, Matthew K. Mukerjee, Conglong Li, Nicolas Feltman, George Papen, Stefan Savage, Srinivasan Seshan, Geoffrey M. Voelker, David G. Andersen, Michael Kaminsky, George Porter, and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of ACM CoNEXT, Heidelberg, Germany, December 2015.

Security by Any Other Name: On the Effectiveness of Provider Based Email Security, Ian Foster, Jon Larson, Max Masich, Alex C. Snoeren, Stefan Savage, and Kirill Levchenko, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Denver, Colorado, October 2015.

Empirical Analysis of Search Advertising Strategies, Bhanu Vattikonda, Vacha Dave, Saikat Guha, and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2015.

Leveraging Internet Background Radiation for Opportunistic Network Analysis, Karyn Benson, Alberto Dainotti, kc claffy, Alex C. Snoeren, and Michael Kallitsis, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2015.

From .academy to .zone: An Analysis of the New TLD Land Rush, Tristan Halvorson, Matthew F. Der, Ian Foster, Stefan Savage, Lawrence K. Saul, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2015.

Who is .com? Learning to Parse WHOIS Records, Suqi Liu, Ian Foster, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Lawrence K. Saul, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2015.

Affiliate Crookies: Characterizing Affiliate Marketing Abuse, Neha Chachra, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2015.

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Affiliations
Center for Networked Systems (CNS)         Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)       Center for Wireless Communications (CWC)CWC        San Diego Super Computer Center (SDSC)        California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT2) CalIT(2)
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