The Return of the Unix Shell

With about half a century of life, the Unix shell is pervasive and entrenched in our computing infrastructure—with recent virtualization and containerization trends only propelling its use. A fresh surge of academic research highlights show potential for tackling long-standing open problems that are central to the shell and enable further progress. A recent  panel discussion … Read more

How Did Professors Find Their Jobs? Part 1: Diversity in Experiences

Editor’s notes: The new faculty job search season is approaching. We invite newly-hired professors to share their experiences and practices of faculty job search, in the hope of providing valuable information for new faculty candidates to know more about the process and prepare their search accordingly. We invite Manuel Rigger to open up the series. … Read more

Fish in a Barrel: an insider’s retrospective of the SOSP’09 multikernel paper

Editor’s notes: We invite SIGOPS Hall of Fame (HoF) winners to write about backstories behind the HoF work. In this article, Andrew Baumann wrote an insider’s retrospective of the 2009 SOSP (and recent SIGOPS HoF) paper “The Multikernel: A new OS architecture for scalable multicore systems“. Andrew is a researcher in the Systems Group at Microsoft Research Redmond. His research … Read more

There and back again: My journey through the world of RDMA and fast RPCs

Editor’s notes: We invite SIGOPS award winners to write about backstories behind the award-winning work. In this article, Anuj Kalia shares his journey of his PhD dissertation–“Efficient Remote Procedure Calls for Datacenters”–which received the Honorable Mention for the 2020 Dennis M. Ritchie Award. Anuj is a Senior Researcher in Azure for Operators’ Office of the CTO. … Read more