PhD Candidate, Systems Group, ETH Zurich
Since Autumn 2013, I am a PhD candidate in the ETH Systems Group, working under the
supervision of Prof. Dr. Gustavo Alonso. My research focuses on database systems, in
particular distributed query processing on modern hardware. Prior to joining the Systems Group, I received
my Master of Science degree from ETH Zurich in September 2013, with my focus area being
distributed systems. My master thesis on distributed join algorithms was supervised by Prof. Dr. Donald Kossmann
and Dr. Simon Loesing.
Join Processing with RDMA:
Modern communication mechanisms, such as Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA),
have significantly lowered the costs of large data transfers. However, these
performance advantages can only be leveraged through interleaving the computation
with the network communication and through careful management of the RDMA buffers
used for transmitting and receiving data. In this project, we investigate how join
operators need to be designed in order to take full advantage of all the features provided
by modern low-latency, high-throughput networks. Our results show that hardware-concious
distributed join algorithms can run on thousands of cores and exhibit good performance and scalability.
Rack-Scale Data Processing Systems:
Rack-scale computers are becoming the building blocks of modern data centers. They
are characterized by new hardware technologies that promise terabytes of main memory and
thousands of processor cores connected through high-speed networks. These systems face a variety
of challenges, one of which is the orchestration of the processing and communication resources
in order to achieve maximum performance. In this project, we explore how to design databases
for rack-scale systems. We investigate several approaches for distributing a state-of-the-art
relational database on a modern rack-scale cluster and evaluate these techniques in terms of
performance, fault-tolerance, scalability, and elasticity.
|ETH Systems Group, Zürich, Switzerland
||October 2013 – present
|Research & Teaching Assistant
The Systems Group at ETH Zurich is a research and teaching collaboration among several professors in
the general area of systems. My research focuses on distributed databases, in particular large-scale query processing.
In addition to research, my duties include teaching activities at the under-graduate and graduate levels.
|Oracle Labs, Redwood Shores, California, United States
||April 2014 – September 2014
Internship as a research assistant at Oracle Labs, working on Project RAPID, a hardware-software co-design project
targeting large-scale data management and analysis. Oracle Labs is the sole organization at Oracle which is devoted
exclusively to research. Its mission is to identify and explore new technologies.
|IBM Research, Rüschlikon, Switzerland
||October 2012 – January 2013
Internship as a research assistant in the BlueZ Business Computing Group at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Switzerland.
IBM Research – Zurich is the European branch of IBM's worldwide research division and conducts fundamental and
applied research that contributes to IBM products, services, and solutions.