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

System researchers made remarkable achievements in the election of ACM China Rising Star Award and Doctoral Dissertation Award

ACM Turing Award Celebration Conference – China (ACM TURC 2021) was held in Hefei, China from July 30 to August 1, 2021. The conference announced winners of the Rising Star Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Researchers recommended by ChinaSys have performed excellently: they have received two Doctoral Dissertation Awards and two honorable nominations for … 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