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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Joseph Pasquale
George Porter
Stefan Savage
Aaron Schulman
Alex C. Snoeren
Geoffrey M. Voelker
Yiying Zhang
Yuanyuan Zhou
Affiliated Faculty
Dinesh Bharadia (ECE)
kc claffy (CAIDA)
Nadia Heninger
Ranjit Jhala
Sorin Lerner
Kirill Levchenko (adjunct)
Pat Pannuto
George Papen (ECE)
Hovav Shacham (adjunct)
Lawrence Saul
Deian Stefan
Steve Swanson
Tajana Šimunić Rosing
Research and Administrative Staff
Grant Ho (postdoc)
Cindy Moore
Jennifer Folkestad
PhD Students
Gautam Akiwate
Lixiang Ao
Nishant Bhaskar
Zachary Blanco
Sunjay Cauligi
Sam Crow
Rajdeep Das
Alex Forencich
Alex Gamero-Garrido
Yibo Guo
Hadi Givehchian
Stewart Grant
Zhiyuan Guo
Haochen Huang
Yutong Huang
Evan Johnson
William Lin
Enze Alex Liu
Rob McGuinness
Ariana Mirian
Matthew Parker
Eric Mugnier
Audrey Randall
Keegan Ryan
Tianyi Shan
Yizhou Shan
Laura Shea
Bingyu Shen
Mingyao Shen
George Sullivan
Alisha Ukani
Shu-Ting Wang
Yudong Wu
Chengcheng Xiang
Anil Yelam
Zesen Zhang
Li Zhong
MS Students
Xuhao Luo
BS Students
Godwin Pang
Priyal Suneja
Recent Alumni
Shelby Thomas (Ph.D. 2020) Prysm
Moein Khazraee (Ph.D. 2020) MIT Postdoc
Guo "Vector" Li (Ph.D. 2020) Google
Zhaomo Yang (Ph.D. 2019) → Google
Louis DeKoven (Ph.D. 2019) Facebook
Brown Farinholt (Ph.D. 2019) Facebook
Max Mellette (Postdoc 2016-2019) InFocus Networks
Joe DeBlasio (Ph.D. 2018) Google
Arjun Roy (Ph.D. 2018) Google

Brian Kantor (retired 2018) ARDC

Tianyin Xu (Ph.D. 2017) University of Illinois
Danny Huang (Ph.D. 2017) Princeton (postdoc)NYU Poly
Xinxin Jin (Ph.D. 2017) Whova

Brian Johannesmeyer Vrije Universiteit Ph.D. program
Maxwell Bland (M.S. 2019) University of Illinois Ph.D. program
Liz Izhikevich (M.S. 2018) Stanford Ph.D. program
Rohit Kulkarni (M.S. 2018) Qualcomm

Karthik Balasubramaniam (M.S. 2017) Amazon
Keerthana Ganesan (M.S. 2020) Facebook

Weiyang "Frank" Wang (B.S. 2020) → MIT Ph.D. program
Ansel Blume (B.S. 2019) Amazon
University of Illinois Ph.D. program

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Recent News

AAAS April 22— Congratulations to Stefan Savage for being elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences! The Academy celebrates excellence across every field of human endeavor "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." Being elected to the Academy is a tremendous honor and outstanding achievement. Way to go, Stefan! Stefan Savage

Audrey Randall January 5— Congratulations to Audrey Randall (and her co-authors) for being named as a winner of the Internet Research Task Force's Applied Networking Research Prize for her work on the Trufflehunter DNS inference system.

August 16IMC 2020 paper acceptances are now public and, of the 53 papers accepted, five are from UCSD and another five are from UCSD alumni. Congrats to Gautam Akiwate, Audrey Randall, Enze Liu, Ramakrishna Padmanabhan, Stefan Savage, Geoff Voelker and Aaron Schulman from CSE, Alexander Marder, Alberto Dainotti and kc Claffy from CAIDA, and our alumns (Chris Kanich, Yoshi Kohno, Yuvraj Agarwal, Liz Izhikievich and Damon McCoy). Particular congrats to Gautam who had three papers accepted this round!

June 10— Congrats to Guo "Vector" Li, who defended his dissertation today on "An Empirical Analysis on Threat Intelligence: Data Characteristic and Real-World Uses". Vector will be joining Google to work on cloud security with our old collaborator, Chris Grier. Vector

Moein May 22— Congrats to Moein Khazraee! Moein defended his dissertation, "Reducing Development Cost for Customized Hardware Accleration in the Cloud Infrastructure", today and will soon start his postdoc at MIT.

HASH(0x20767a8) May 18— Congratulations to the all-star team of Steve Checkoway, Damon McCoy, Danny Anderson, Hovav Shacham, Stefan Savage, and the late Brian Kantor, and their University of Washington collaborators Karl Koscher, Alexei Czeskis, Franzi Roesner, Shwetak Patel, and Yoshi Kohno! Their landmark study of the vulnerability of modern automobiles was awarded the 2020 IEEE Security & Privacy Test of Time Award. Read more about their efforts around their seminal work. HASH(0x207d0c0)
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Recent Publications

Hopper: Modeling and Detecting Lateral Movement, Grant Ho, Mayank Dhiman, Devdatta Akhawe, Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and David Wagner, Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 2021.

Driving 2FA Adoption at Scale: Optimizing Two-Factor Authentication Notification Design Patterns, Maximillian Golla, Grant Ho, Marika Lohmus, Monica Pulluri, and Elissa M. Redmiles, Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 2021.

Jetset: Targeted Firmware Rehosting for Embedded Systems, Evan Johnson, Maxwell Bland, Yifei Zhu, Joshua Mason, Stephen Checkoway, Stefan Savage, and Kirill Levchenko, Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 2021.

Can Systems Explain Permissions Better? Understanding Users' Misperceptions under Smartphone Runtime Permission Model, Bingyu Shen, Lili Wei, Chengcheng Xiang, Yudong Wu, Mingyao Shen, Yuanyuan Zhou, and Xinxin Jin, Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 2021.

In-network Contention Resolution for Disaggregated Memory, Stewart Grant and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the Workshop on Resource Disaggregation and Serverless (WORDS), April 2021.

CoResident Evil: Covert Communications in the Cloud with Lambdas, Anil Yelam, Ariana Mirian, Keerthana Ganesan, Shibani Subbareddy, and Stefan Savage, Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW), Ljubljana, Solvenia, April 2021.

Clairvoyance: Inferring Blocklist Use on the Internet, Vector Guo Li, Gautam Akiwate, Kirill Levchenko, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Stefan Savage, Proceedings of the Passive and Active Measurement Conference (PAM), Brandenburg, Germany, March 2021.

Inferring Cloud Interconnections: Validation, Geolocation, and Routing Behavior, Alex Marder, kc claffy, and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the Passive and Active Measurement Conference (PAM), Brandenburg, Germany, March 2021.

Доверя́й, но проверя́й: SFI safety for native-compiled Wasm, Evan Johnson, David Thien, Yousef Alhessi, Shravan Narayan, Fraser Brown, Sorin Lerner, Tyler McMullen, Stefan Savage, and Deian Stefan, Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2021.

Optical networking within the Lightwave Energy-Efficient Datacenter project Invited, William M. Mellette, Alex Forencich, Jason Kelley, Joseph Ford, George Porter, Alex C. Snoeren, and George Papen, J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 12(12):378-389, December 2020.

LevelUp: A thin-cloud approach to game livestreaming, Landon P. Cox and Lixiang Ao, Proceedings of the Fifth ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, Virtual Event, November 2020.

Enabling Active Networking on RMT Hardware, Rajdeep Das and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the 19th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-XIX), Chicago, IL, November 2020.

Unresolved Issues: Prevalence, Persistence and Perils of Lame Nameservers, Gautam Akiwate, Raffaele Sommese, Mattijs Jonker, Ian Foster, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and kc Claffy, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (via the Internet), October 2020.

Trufflehunter: Cache Sniffing Rare Domains at Large Public DNS Resolvers, Audrey Randall, Enze Liu, Gautam Akiwate, Ramakrishna Padmanabhan, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Aaron Schulman, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (via the Internet), October 2020.

MAnycast2 -- Using Anycast to Measure Anycast: Challenges and Opportunities, Raffaele Sommese, Gautam Akiwate, Leandro Bertholdo, Mattijs Jonker, Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Alberto Dainotti, KC Claffy, and Anna Sperotto, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (via the Internet), October 2020.

Particle: Ephemeral Endpoints for Serverless Networking, Shelby Thomas, Lixiang Ao, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and George Porter, Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SOCC), October 2020.

SmartNIC Performance Isolation with FairNIC: Programmable Networking for the Cloud, Stewart Grant, Anil Yelam, Maxwell Bland, and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Conference, New York, NY, August 2020. (The first two authors contributed equally).

PracExtractor: Extracting Configuration Good Practices from Manuals to Detect Server Misconfigurations, Chengcheng Xiang, Haochen Huang, Andrew Yoo, Yuanyuan Zhou, and Shankar Pasupathy, Proceedings of the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, July 2020.

Disaggregating Persistent Memory and Controlling Them Remotely: An Exploration of Passive Disaggregated Key-Value Stores, Shin-Yeh Tsai, Yizhou Shan, and Yiying Zhang, Proceedings of the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, July 2020.

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