Applications should be submitted via the school's standard application process. You can send me e-mail with the subject line "Interested in Graduate Studies". In your email, describe your background and interests in data systems or distributed systems. Due to the high volume of inquiries, I cannot guarantee a response but if you are a student with a strong systems background as would be evident from your application, I will try to have a look at it. If you are filling out the OUAC online application form, it will ask for an area of research interest. Please select Systems and Networking (or Databases) from that list. Make sure you list my name on the online application form under potential supervisors that you have communicated with.