Samer Al-Kiswany
Assistant Professor
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Samer Al-Kiswany  
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Publications
[33] NICE: Network-Integrated Cluster-Efficient Storage, Samer Al-Kiswany, Suli Yang, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, ACM International Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC '17), June 2017, (18% acceptance rate) [pdf]
[32] A Cross-Layer Optimized Storage System for Workflow Applications, Samer Al-Kiswany, Lauro B. Costa, Hao Yang, Emalayan Vairavanathan, Matei Ripeanu. Journal on Future Generation Computer Systems. Feb 2017 [pdf]
[31] A Software-Defined Storage for Workflow Applications, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE Cluster Conference 2016, Sept. 2016. [pdf]
[30] Interacting with Large Distributed Datasets Using Sketch, Mihai Budiu, Rebecca Isaacs, Derek Murray, Gordon Plotkin, Paul Barham, Samer Al-Kiswany, Yazan Boshmaf, Qingzhou Luo, and Alexandr Andoni, Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization, Groningen, Netherlands, June 6-7, 2016, 13 pages. [pdf]
[29] Split-Level I/O Scheduling, S. Yang, T. Harter, N. Agrawal, S. Kowsalya, A. Krishnamurthy, S. Al-Kiswany, A. Arpaci-Dusseau, R. Arpaci-Dusseau, ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '15),  Oct. 2015. (16% acceptance rate)[pdf]
[28] Crash Consistency, T. Pillai, V. Chidambaram, R. Alagappan, S. Al-Kiswany, A. Arpaci-Dusseau, R. Arpaci-Dusseau, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 58, No. 10, October 2015 [pdf][html]
[27] Crash Consistency: Rethinking the Fundamental Abstractions of the File System, T. Pillai, V. Chidambaram, R. Alagappan, S. Al-Kiswany, A. Arpaci-Dusseau, R. Arpaci-Dusseau, Queue - Distributed Systems Queue, Volume 13 Issue 7, July 2015. [pdf][html]
[26] All File Systems Are Not Created Equal: On the Complexity of Crafting Crash Consistent Applications, T. Pillai, V. Chidambaram, R. Alagappan, S. Al-Kiswany, R. Arpaci-Dusseau, A. Arpaci-Dusseau, Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '14) (18% acceptance rate) [pdf]
[25] Physical Disentanglement in a Container-Based File System, L. Lu, Y. Zhang, T. Do, S. Al-Kiswany, A. Arpaci-Dusseau, R. Arpaci-Dusseau, Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '14) (18% acceptance rate) [pdf]
[24] Supporting Storage Configuration for I/O Intensive Workflows, Lauro Beltrão Costa, Samer Al-Kiswany, Hao Yang, Matei Ripeanu, ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS'14). June 2014. (21% acceptance rate) [pdf][DOI]
[23] Active Data: A Data-Centric Approach to Data Life-Cycle Management, Anthony Simonet, Gilles Fedak, Matei Ripeanu, Samer Al-Kiswany, 8th Parallel Data Storage Workshop (PDSW) collocated with SC13, November 2013, Denver. [pdf]
[22] Predicting Intermediate Storage Performance for Workflow Applications, Lauro Costa, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abmar Barros, Hao Yang, Matei Ripeanu, 8th Parallel Data Storage Workshop (PDSW) collocated with SC13, November 2013, Denver. [pdf]
[21] Cost Exploration of Data Sharings in the Cloud, Samer Al-Kiswany, Hakan Hacigumus, Ziyang Liu, Jagan Sankaranarayanan, International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT), Genoa, Italy, Match 2013. (20% acceptance rate) [pdf]
[20] GPUs as Storage System Accelerators, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS). May 2012.[pdf]
[19] Avoiding the Disk Bottleneck in Deduplicated VM Transfer, Jake Slack, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu. High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS). May 2012.
[18] A Workflow-Aware Storage System: An Opportunity Study, Emalayan Vairavanathan, Samer Al-Kiswany, Lauro Costa, Zhao Zhang, Daniel Katz, Michael Wilde, Matei Ripeanu, International Symposium on Clusters, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid ‘12), Ottawa, Canada, May 2012
[17] Assessing Data Deduplication Trade-offs from an Energy Perspective, Lauro Beltrão Costa, Samer Al-Kiswany, Raquel Vigolvino Lopes, Matei Ripeanu, Workshop on Energy Consumption and Reliability of Storage Systems (ERSS), Orlando, Florida, July 2011.[pdf]
[16] VMFlock: VM Co-Migration for the Cloud, Samer Al-Kiswany, Dinesh Subhraveti, Prasenjit Sarkar, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC 2011), San Jose, CA, June 2011. (13% acceptance rate)[pdf][slides]
[15] ThriftStore: Finessing Reliability Tradeoffs in Replicated Storage Systems, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol 22(6), pp.910-923, June 2011.[pdf]
[14] A GPU Accelerated Storage System, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Samer Al-Kiswany, Sathish Gopalakrishnan, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC 2010), Chicago, IL, June 2010. (22% acceptance rate) [pdf]
[13] GPU Support for Batch Oriented Workloads, Lauro B. Costa, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), Phoenix, AZ, December 2009.[pdf]
[12] The Case for a Versatile Storage System, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Matei Ripeanu, SOSP Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems (HotStorage’09), October 2009, Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT. (20% acceptance rate) [pdf][slides]
[11] On GPU's Viability as a Middleware Accelerator, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Elizeu Santos-Neto, Matei Ripeanu, Journal of Cluster Computing, Springer, 2009. [pdf]
[10] Beyond Music Sharing: An Evaluation of Peer-to-Peer Data Dissemination Techniques in Large Scientific Collaborations, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Adriana Iamnitchi and Sudharshan Vazhkudai, Journal of Grid Computing, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 91, 2009. [pdf]
[9] Configurable Security for Scavenged Storage Systems, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, 4th International Workshop on Storage Security and Survivability (StorageSS 2008), Alexandria, Virginia, October 2008.[pdf]
[8] StoreGPU: Exploiting Graphics Processing Units to Accelerate Distributed Storage Systems, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Elizeu Santos-Neto, George Yuan, Matei Ripeanu, ACM/IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC 2008), Boston, MA, June 23-27, 2008. (17% acceptance rate) [pdf][slides]
[7] stdchk: A Checkpoint Storage System for Desktop Grid Computing, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Sudharshan Vazhkudai, Abdullah Gharaibeh, International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS ‘08), Beijing, China, June 17-20, 2008. (16% acceptance rate).[pdf][slides]
[6] Beyond Search and Navigability: Custom Metadata Can Enable Cross-Layer Optimizations in Storage Systems, Elizeu Santos-Neto, Samer Al-Kiswany, Nazareno Andrade, Sathish Gopalakrishnan, Matei Ripeanu, ACM/IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC) - Hot Topics Track, Boston, MA, June 23-27, 2008.[pdf]
[5] Are P2P Data-Dissemination Techniques Viable in Today's Data-Intensive Scientific Collaborations?, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Adriana Iamnitchi, and Sudharshan Vazhkudai, The 13th International Euro-Par Conference, European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, August 28-31, 2007, Rennes, France.(27% acceptance rate)[pdf][slides]
[4] A Simulation Study of Data Distribution Strategies for Large-scale Scientific Data Collaborations, Samer Al-Kiswany and Matei Ripeanu, 20th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Vancouver, BC, April 2007.[pdf]
[3] A High-Performance GridFTP Server at Desktop Cost, Samer Al-Kiswany, Armin Bahramshahry, Hesam Ghasemi, Matei Ripeanu, Sudharshan S. Vazhkudai, Poster, (SC07): International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Reno, Nevada, November 2007 (acceptance rate = 25%)[pdf][poster]
[2] Beyond MP3 Sharing BitTorrent in Data Intensive Scientific Applications, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Poster, 7th Annual BCNet Conference, Vancouver, Canada, April 2007.
[1] A New Algorithm for Arabic Optical Character Recognition, Omar Al-Jarrah, Samer Al-Kiswany, Bashar Al-Gharaibeh, Mohamed Fraiwan, and Hani Khasawneh, WSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications, Issue 4, Volume 3, April 2006.  ISSN : 1790-0832 , pages 832-845 (this is a result of our undergraduate graduation project)

Patents
[3] Cost Exploration of Data Sharings in the Cloud, S. Al-Kiswany, H. Hacigumus, Z. Liu, J. Sankaranarayanan. US patent US20140122374 A1, May 2014.
[2] Deduplicated Virtual Machine Image Transfer, S. Al-Kiswany, M. Ripeanu, Patent CA-821335-02-US-NAT, May 2012.
[1] Virtual Machine Image Co-migration, S. Al-Kiswany, C. Constantinescu, P. Sarkar, M. Seaman, D. Subhraveti, US patent. 8,442,955. Mar 2011.

Technical Reports
[5] CrystalGPU: Transparent and Efficient Utilization of GPU Power, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Technical Report, Networked Systems Lab, University of British Columbia, NetSysLab-TR-2010-01.[pdf]
[4] StoreGPU: Exploiting Graphics Processing Units to Accelerate Distributed Storage Systems, Samer Al-Kiswany, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Elizeu Santos-Neto, George Yuan, Matei Ripeanu, Technical report, Networked Systems Lab, University of British Columbia, NetSysLab-TR-2008-01  [pdf]
[3] A Checkpoint Storage System for HPC Applications, Sudharshan S. Vazhkudai, Matei Ripeanu, Samer Al-Kiswany, Xiaosong Ma and Greg Bronevetsky, Technical report , Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Report 007031, June 2007.[pdf]
[2] stdchk: A Checkpoint Storage System for Desktop Grid Computing, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Sudharshan Vazhkudai, Abdullah Gharaibeh, Technical report, Networked Systems Lab, University of British Columbia, NetSysLab-TR-2007-04 (also appears as ORNL Technical Report 007029). May, 2007[pdf]
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Are P2P Data-Dissemination Techniques Viable in Today's Data Intensive Scientific Collaborations?, Samer Al-Kiswany, Matei Ripeanu, Adriana Iamnitchi and Sudharshan Vazhkudai, Technical report, Networked Systems Lab, University of British Columbia, NetSysLab-TR-2007-01, April, 2007. [pdf]