Distinguished Lecture


"Case studies from the real world: The importance of measurement and analysis in building better systems"

Bianca Schroeder, University of Toronto

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.

Room 368 (3rd Floor CIT)

At the core of the "Big Data" revolution lie frameworks and systems that allow for the massively parallel processing of large amounts of data. Ironically, while they have been designed for processing large amounts of data, these systems are at the same time major producers of data: to support the administration and management of these huge-scale systems, they are configured to generate detailed log and monitoring data, periodically capturing the system state across all nodes, components and jobs in the system. While such logging information is used routinely by sysadmins for ad-hoc trouble-shooting and problem diagnosis, there is a tremendous value in analyzing such data from a research point of view. In this talk, we will go over several case studies that demonstrate how measuring and analyzing measurement data from production systems can provide new insights into how systems work and fail, and how these new insights can help in designing better systems.

Bianca is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto. She is also currently serving as associate department chair in Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Before joining UofT, she spent 2 years as a post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University working with Garth Gibson. She received her doctorate from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Mor Harchol-Balter. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, the recipient of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Prize of the Canadian Association for Computer Science, an Ontario Early Researcher Award, an NSERC Accelerator Award, a two-time winner of the IBM PhD fellowship and her work has won four best paper awards and one best presentation award. She has co-chaired the TPCs of Usenix FAST'14, ACM Sigmetrics'14 and IEEE NAS'11. She is also a member of the Usenix FAST conference's steering committee and an associate editor for IEEE TDSC. Her work on storage reliability and her work on DRAM reliability have been featured in articles at a number of news sites, including Computerworld, Wired, Slashdot, PCWorld, StorageMojo and eWEEK.

Host: Professor Rodrigo Fonseca