Samer Al-Kiswany
Assistant Professor
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Samer Al-Kiswany  
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Research Interests
At Waterloo Advanced Systems Lab (WASL) our research interests are in the area of computing systems with a special focus on distributed and operating systems. I am interested in building highly efficient systems by leveraging recent advances in hardware technology and by exploiting domain specific optimizations. My current projects focus on building software-defined storage system for workflow applications, exploring fundamental reliability and scheduling problems in the Linux I/O stack, and exploiting recent advances in software-defined networks and multicore platforms to accelerate storage systems.

Short Bio
I completed my PhD at the Networked Systems Laboratory in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The University of British Columbia, advised by Prof. Matei Ripeanu. During my PhD I completed five internships at Microsoft Research Lab, Microsoft Azure, IBM Research, NEC Lab, and Argonne National Lab. After my PhD I joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison as a postdoc, working with Prof. Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Prof. Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, and the ADSL research group. Nowadays, I am an Assistant Professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

Longer CV can be found here.

Professional Activities
  • PC member FAST 2022
  • PC member HPDC 2021
  • PC member HPDC 2020
  • PC member MSST 2020
  • PC member SOSP 2019
  • Publicity chair SOSP 2019
  • PC member MSST 2019
  • PC member HPDC 2018
  • PC member HPDC 2017
  • Travel awards chair HPDC 2014