OSCAR Lab was founded in spring 2011 in Computer Science department, Stony Brook University. We are working on research related issues in the areas of Operating Systems, Virtualization, System Security, Concurrency and Computer Architecture.

News

An API Study Paper Wins Best Paper at Eurosys 2016 in London
Posted: 02/28/16
Our recent paper about a study that evaluates Linux API usage and compatibility won Best Paper Award at Eurosys 2016. Congratulations to all of the authors!

A Study of Modern Linux API Usage and Compatibility: What to Support When You're Supporting
Chia-Che Tsai, Bhushan Jain, Nafees Ahmed Abdul, and Donald E. Porter
Proceedings of the 11th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys '16), London, UK, April 2016.
Paper accepted to SYSTOR '16
Posted: 04/18/16
Our paper on versioned programming was accepted to SYSTOR 2016! Congratulations to the authors!

Versioned Programming: A Simple Technique for Implementing Efficient, Lock-Free, and Composable Data Structures
Yang Zhan, and Donald E. Porter
Proceedings of the 9th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR '16), Haifa, Israel, June 2016.
Paper accepted to HotStorage '16
Posted: 04/14/16
Our paper on opportunistic queries in a write-optimized data structure was accepted to HotStorage 16!

Lazy Analytics: Let Other Queries Do the Work For You
William Jannen, Michael Bender, Martin Farach-Colton, Rob Johnson, Bradley C. Kuszmaul, and Donald E. Porter
In the Proceedings of the 8th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems (HotStorage '16), Denver, CO, June 2016.
BetrFS Wins Best Paper at FAST 2016
Posted: 02/28/16
The BetrFS Paper won Best Paper Award at FAST 2016! Congratulations to all of the authors!

Optimizing Every Operation in a Write-Optimized File System
Jun Yuan, Yang Zhan, William Jannen, Prashant Pandey, Amogh Akshintala, Kanchan Chandnani, Pooja Deo, Zardosht Kasheff, Leif Walsh, Michael Bender, Martin Farach-Colton, Rob Johnson, Bradley C. Kuszmaul, and Donald E. Porter
In the Proceedings of the 14th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '16), Santa Clara, CA, February 2016.
Two papers accepted to EuroSys '16
Posted: 01/31/16
Two OSCAR papers were accepted to EuroSys 2016! Congratulations to all of the authors!

Next BetrFS Paper accepted to FAST '16
Posted: 01/10/16
They sure are one of the FASTEST! Congratulations to the BetrFS team, with FAST acceptances two years in a row!

Optimizing Every Operation in a Write-Optimized File System
Jun Yuan, Yang Zhan, William Jannen, Prashant Pandey, Amogh Akshintala, Kanchan Chandnani, Pooja Deo, Zardosht Kasheff, Leif Walsh, Michael Bender, Martin Farach-Colton, Rob Johnson, Bradley C. Kuszmaul, and Donald E. Porter
In the Proceedings of the 14th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '16), Santa Clara, CA, February 2016.
Chameleon appears in August '15 issue of :login; magazine
Posted: 8/3/15
The Case for Unpredictability and Deception as OS Features
Ruimin Sun, Matt Bishop, Natalie C. Ebner, Daniela Oliveira, and Donald E. Porter
(USENIX site)
In ;login: magazine, Volume 40, Number 4, pages 12--17, August 2015.
Paper accepted to SOSP '15
Posted: 6/30/15
How to Get More Value from Your File System Directory Cache
Chia-Che Tsai, Yang Zhan, Jayashree Divakara Reddy, Yizheng Jiao, Tao Zhang, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 25th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '15), Monterey, CA, October 2015.
Paper accepted to APSys '15
Posted: 4/30/15
Containing the Hype
Kavita Agarwal, Bhushan Jain, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGOPS Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys '15), Tokyo, Japan, July 2015.
Posted: 4/24/15
Congratulations to Bhushan Jain for winning the highly prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award second year in a row, an intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are fundamental to innovation.
Chameleon Paper accepted to HotOS '15
Posted: 3/31/15
The Case for Less Predictable Operating System Behavior
Ruimin Sun, Donald E. Porter Daniela Oliveira, and Matt Bishop
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS '15), Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland, May 2015.
Sok paper highlighed in S&P Magazine Special Issue
Posted: 3/27/15
SoK paper highlighed as one of the top 6 papers of S&P'14 Symposium. Congratulations to the team OSCAR and NSAC for this honor!
Introspections on the Semantic Gap
Bhushan Jain, Mirza Basim Baig, Dongli Zhang, Donald E. Porter, and Radu Sion
In the Special Issue of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, March/April 2015
BetrFS Paper fast-tracked to ACM Transactions on Storage
Posted: 2/18/15
BetrFS: A Right-Optimized Write-Optimized File System
was selected as a runner-up for best paper and fast-tracked to ACM Transactions on Storage. Congratulations to the BetrFS team for this honor.
BetrFS Paper accepted to FAST '15
Posted: 12/13/14
BetrFS: A Right-Optimized Write-Optimized File System
William Jannen, Jun Yuan, Yang Zhan, Amogh Akshintala, John Esmet, Yizheng Jiao, Ankur Mittal, Prashant Pandey, Leif Walsh, Michael Bender, Martin Farach-Colton, Rob Johnson, Bradley C. Kuszmaul, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In the Proceedings of the 13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '15), Santa Clara, CA, February 2015.
Paper on virtualization course accepted to SIGCSE '15
Posted: 10/13/14
Teaching Virtualization by Building a Hypervisor
Abhinand Palicherla, Tao Zhang, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In the Proceedings of the 46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Kansas City, Missouri, March 2015.
Bhushan Jain wins IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for 2014
Posted: 2/21/14
Congratulations to Bhushan Jain for winning the highly prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award, an intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are fundamental to innovation.
Sok paper accepted in Oakland S&P '14
Posted: 2/3/14
Congratulations to the team OSCAR and NSAC!
SoK: Introspections on Trust and the Semantic Gap
Bhushan Jain, Mirza Basim Baig, Dongli Zhang, Donald E. Porter, and Radu Sion
In Proceedings of the S&P'14
Two Eurosys '14 Papers Accepted
Posted: 1/28/14
Congratulations to the authors of these papers!
Balancing Security Isolation and Coordination in a Multi-Process Library OS
Chia-Che Tsai, Kumar Saurabh Arora, Nehal Bandi, Bhushan Jain, William Jannen, Jitin John, Harry A. Kalodner, Vrushali Kulkarni, Daniela Oliveira, and Donald E. Porter
Practical Techniques to Obviate Setuid-to-Root Binaries
Bhushan Jain, Chia-Che Tsai, Jitin John, and Donald E. Porter
In Proceedings of the Eurosys '14
IC2E '14 Paper Accepted
Posted: 12/12/13
CloudFlow: Cloud-wide policy enforcement using fast VM introspection
Mirza Basim Baig, Connor Fitzsimons, Suryanarayanan Balasubramanian, Radu Sion, and Donald E. Porter,
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E '14), Boston, Massachusetts, March 2014.
WLPE '13 Paper Accepted
Posted: 7/2/13
Efficiently Retrieving Function Dependencies in the Linux Kernel using XSB
Spyros Hadjichristodoulou, Donald E. Porter, and David S. Warren
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 23rd Workshop on Logic-based methods in Programming Environments (WLPE '13), Istanbul, Turkey, August 2013.
HotOS '13 Paper Accepted
Posted: 4/11/13
Virtualize Storage, Not Disks
William Jannen, Chia-Che Tsai, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS '13), Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, May 2013.
OSCAR wins the GRC Lab Cup
Posted: 3/30/12
At the 2012 Stony Brook CS Graduate Research Conference (GRC Day), OSCAR lab won the lab cup. Don Porter also won the Most Supportive Professor Award.
TxOS Paper accepted to EuroSys 2012
Posted: 1/10/12
Improving Server Applications with System Transactions
Sangman Kim, Michael Z. Lee, Alan M. Dunn, Owen S. Hofmann, Xuan Wang, Emmett Witchel, and Donald E. Porter
(PDF)
In the Proceedings of the 7th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys '12), Bern, Switzerland, April 2012.

Professor Porter awarded NSF CAREER grant
Posted: 12/22/11
CAREER: Beyond Virtual Hardware: VMM/OS Co-Design for Lightweight, Flexible Virtualization.
Read the university press release here.
This award also generated a nice story about the lab in the local newspaper.
Three Posters accepted in CEWIT Conference 2011
Posted: 10/21/2011
CEWIT 2011 - The 8th International Conference & Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World.
http://www.cewit.org/conference2011
OSCAR Lab, Rooms 332 and 334, Computer Science Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4400